Following the orders of Punjab Public Works Minister Harbhajan Singh ETO, the state Public Works Department has suspended its Superintending Engineer construction circle Hoshiarpur Virinder Kumar with immediate effect under Rule 4 of the Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Minister said that the State Government is taking stern steps to eradicate corruption from the State and corruption will not be tolerated at all.
During the suspension, the headquarters of the officer would be at the office of the Chief Engineer (Headquarters), Patiala, and the concerned officer would not leave the headquarters without the approval of the Chief Engineer (Headquarters).
Giving further details, the PWD Minister said that a video of the concerned officer was surfaced in which he was taking money from the contractor. After the investigation, an FIR has been registered, following which, it has been decided to suspend the concerned.
The state Principal Secretary (PWD) Anurag Verma said that corruption in the Department will not be tolerated at any cost. “It will be ensured that whatever project of the department is in progress, all the money should be spent on the project concerned. Strict action will be taken against the employee or officer of the department who will be found involved in corruption or any kind of commission recovery,” he said.