Amarinder Singh accepts Rana Gurjit Singh's resignation
(6 months ago)
New Delhi , Jan 18 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday confirmed that state Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh's resignation has been accepted.
This comes after a series of investigative reports on Gurjit, who had come under fire from the Opposition for his alleged involvement in sand mining auctions.
"Rana Gurjeet Singh's resignation has been accepted", Singh told media after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Gurjit, an MLA from Kapurthala, had tendered resignation earlier this week, after being accused of illegally bagging sand mining contracts.
Gurjit had kicked up a controversy in May last year after his Nepalese cook Amit Bahadur won a sand mine bid worth Rs 26.51 crore at Saidpur Khurd village in Nawanshahar. Some mine contracts were also bagged by one of his close associates Captain JS Randhawa.
The company floated by the minister in his cook's name is also under the scanner for borrowing Rs five crore from a contractor who is accused of a multi-crore scam in Gurjit's own department.
Meanwhile, Gurjit's family-owned company Rana Sugars Limited is also accused of raising and parking nearly Rs 100 crore in a foreign account.
These issues were prominently raised by the Opposition parties targeting Rana Gurjit Singh and the Congress.
The Opposition parties like Akali Dal had particularly questioned the controversial sand mine bids as the Congress had made illegal sand mining in Punjab an election issue.