Congress leader Manpreet Singh Badal, who was accused of taking millions of rupees worth of government furniture from a government bungalow allotted to him as a minister, dismissed the ‘fake report’ and made a bill for valuables.
“False and misleading information is being spread about some“ missing ”items from the government house I recently vacated. No one contacted me for fact-checking or verification. Items 9, 10, 11 and 23 were properly paid at the time of evacuation at the official price provided by the PWD department. And a check was deposited in the treasury, ”Badal said after posting the bill on Twitter.
Fact: Items 9, 10, 11 and 23 were properly paid at the time of evacuation, according to the official price set by the PWD department. And a check is deposited in the treasury. Proof of payment for all items here. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/9kVZG3WVvN– Manpreet Singh Badal (SMSBADAL) April 3, 2022
Supporting Badal, his brother-in-law Joyjit Singh Johal shared a video on Facebook rejecting rumors on social media that the furniture missing by the authorities was ‘antique’.
“I would also like to make it clear that the furniture was not classified as a tradition but was reformed in 2008 when Manpreet Badal became the finance minister. Furniture was repaired from a furniture store at a cost of Rs 1.60 lakh, ”Johal was quoted as saying. India Today.
He claimed that valuables – a dining table, ten dining table chairs, a service trolley and a recliner sofa – were recovered in 2017 because they had not been used for 15 years.
In addition to valuables from house number 47, the missing items from house number 960 are also under the scanner, with former Revenue Minister Gurpreet Kangar standing on the fence. The report said two refrigerators, five LED TVs, four oil-filled radiators, six room heaters and five pedestal fans worth more than Rs 4.86 lakh were lost.
Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. “
The India Today The report quoted an official of the Punjab PWD (B&R) as saying that there was a provision to recover the value of the items from the allocator if the items were missing. Former minister Badal has therefore been issued a no-arrears certificate by the concerned authorities, the official added.
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