Punjab Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, four days before a probe was ordered against him on May 25, on allegations of “impropriety” against him in sand mine auctions, came out with a statement saying “there are no links of my family members or employees in the sand mining business,” an Indian Express report said.
The minister had also claimed of not having any links with Amit Bahadur, a cook earlier employed with Rana Sugars, who successfully bid for a Rs 26.51-crore sand mine in Nawanshahr.
Even as, Rana Gurjit in declaration said he did not have any link to ex-cook who got sand mine, his polls affidavit suggests otherwise which form part of his poll affidavit filed earlier for the Kapurthala seat in the Punjab Assembly polls, showed transactions that he and his wife Rana Rajbans Kaur owe Rs 24.85 crore to three companies. It has emerged that Bahadur is a director in each of these companies.
Rana Gurjit, in his affidavit, had disclosed financial transactions with RJ Texfab Private Limited, Flawless Traders Pvt Limited and Century Agros Pvt Limited. He pointed out he had taken “loans and advances” from these companies among others.
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As per Indian Express report, the affidavit suggests he owed Rs 546 lakh (Rs 5.46 crore) to RJ Texfab Pvt Limited; Rs 1622 lakh (Rs 16.22 crore) to Flawless Traders Pvt Limited and Rs 175 lakh (Rs 1.75 crore) to Century Agros Pvt Limited until January 17, 2017. His wife Rana Rajbans Kaur reportedly took Rs 51 lakh loans from Flawless Traders Pvt Limited, Rs 20 lakh from Century Agros Pvt Limited and Rs 71.50 lakh from RJ Tex Fab Pvt Limited, the paper said.
As per affidavit, the minister and his wife owe a total of about Rs 57.47 crore and Rs 16.80 crore to individuals and firms, which were taken as “loans/advances”.
Despite several attempts to reach him by Indian Express, the minister was not available for comment.