Punjab’s former congress MLA Joginderpal arrested for illegal mining

Chandigarh: Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann reaffirmed its zero-tolerance against corruption and illegal practices with the arrest of former Congress MLA from Bhoa Joginder Pal on Friday after he was found indulging in illegal mining. Pathankot Police has arrested him for carrying out illegal mining.

Divulging the details, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pathankot Arun Saini said that acting on the reliable telephonic information Police team was sent to the site of a crusher near village Maira Kalan on June 8, 2022, where some people were found carrying out illegal mining using Poclain JCB.

He said that the Police teams have managed to recover the Poclain JCB and tractor-trolley from the spot, however, the driver identified as Sunil Kumar and the representative of the crusher Prakash managed to flee from the spot. The Poclain JCB was registered in the name of Krishna Washed Stone Crusher, Kidi Khurd village in Taragarh.

An FIR no. 49 dated 08/06/2022 under section 21 (1) of the Mining and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act was registered at Taragarh Police Station in Pathankot.

The SSP further revealed that during the investigations it was found that the former MLA Joginder Pal has a 50% share in Krishna Washed Stone Crusher.

Meanwhile, acting on the zero-tolerance policy of the Aam Aadmi Party, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had even sacked the Health Minister Vijay Singla from the State Cabinet on corruption charges and he is still behind the bars.