Following the orders of Punjab Public Works Minister S. Harbhajan Singh ETO, the Public Works Department 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.
Giving further details, the PWD Minister said that a video of the concerned officer had surfaced in which he was taking money from the contractor. He said that after the investigation, an FIR has been registered and after which it has been decided to suspend the concerned.
The PWD Minister said that the Punjab government is taking stern steps to eradicate corruption from the state and corruption will not be tolerated at all. He said that 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).
Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary, PWD said that corruption in the department will not be tolerated at any cost. He said that it will be ensured that whatever project of the department was in progress, all the money should be spent on the project concerned. He said that 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.