Property worth lakhs missing after two former Punjab ministers vacated their government houses

New Delhi: The Public Works Department (PWD) has sent a letter to the Punjab Assembly Secretary following complaints that two former Punjab cabinet ministers went missing after vacating their official residences of valuables worth several lakhs.

These ministers include the then Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and the Revenue Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who recently vacated the government residence.

The PWD has requested the Secretary of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to issue ‘no dues certificates’ from the ministers to recover the items.

The PWD’s executive engineer in a letter on March 10 to the secretary of the Punjab Legislative Assembly said items including two refrigerators worth Rs 65,530 and Rs 44,000, five LED TVs worth Rs 2,98,100, four oil-filled radiators worth Rs 56,680, former minister Gurpreet Singh Six heat convectors worth Rs 13,110, a room heater worth Rs 835 and five pedestal fans worth Rs 8,000 were missing from the house allotted to Singh.

In another letter sent to the secretary on March 24, a dining table, ten dining chairs, a service trolley and a recliner sofa have been reported missing from the house allotted to the then Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.

The administration has remained silent about the missing items and there is no clue that these items were unintentionally or intentionally carried by the ministers.

Manpreet Singh Badal could not be reached for comment. Gurpreet Singh Kangar, however, denied the allegations saying that he is yet to vacate the house and the keys of the house are still with him. He said that soon all the material would be handed over to the concerned department.