Chandigarh November 30
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested one more flailing accused agent in the vehicle fitness certificate scam.
The VB seized his mobile phone and SIM card, which will be sent to data experts to gather more information about the scam.
The accused, Varinder Singh Deepu, a resident of Basti Gujan, Jalandhar, conspired with Naresh Kaler, Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI), Jalandhar.
A spokesman for the VB said the bureau conducted a surprise investigation at the office of Naresh Kaler and uncovered an organized corruption network for issuing/receiving fitness certificates without inspection of commercial and private vehicles on a large scale in collaboration with private agents.
A case in this regard has been registered under Sections 7 and 7A of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC at the VB Police Station, Jalandhar.
So far, nine persons have been arrested – Naresh Kaler, Rampal, Mohan Lal, Paramjit Singh Bedi, Surjit Singh, Harvinder Singh, Pankaj Dhingra, Brijpal Singh and Arvind Kumar – all private agents.
Investigation into the case is ongoing and the remaining fleeing accused will be arrested soon, the spokesperson said.