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Milk scandal: Director seeks probe into unit management’s role
Monday, 18/08/2014


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140818/punjab.htm#12

Chandigarh : A member of the Board of Directors of the Ludhiana Cooperative Milk Plant Union today alleged that the accused involved in the milk scandal at the plant enjoyed patronage of influential persons in the plant management.

Tejinder Singh Jassar, one of the 12 directors of the plant, said the police investigation into the case had not progressed as the accused contractor, said to be close to some Akali leaders, was still at large. An FIR was lodged against him at Samrala around two weeks ago. The accused and his relatives were on the run and there houses locked, said Samrala SHO Mohinder Singh Bhullar.

The accused had allegedly improvised a milk tanker to create a 1,700-litre cavity in it. He used to fill it with water, which was drained out when the tanker was washed after the supply of milk. Jassar has sought a probe by an independent agency into to scam. He alleged the spoils of the crime were shared by higher-ups and that the scandal caused a loss of more than Rs 3 crore to the unit.

Jassar had earlier exposed a scandal involving illegal supply of milk from a Rajasthan firm to the plant.

MLA Balwinder Singh Bains had later alleged in the Assembly that the milk supplied was spurious. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had ordered an inquiry into the case. Officials said contractor Karamjit Singh desperately wanted to continue the contract of ferrying milk for the plant. He lowered the tender price to about Rs 9 per km from the previous Rs 13 per km. This led to suspicion in the first place.

General manager Sanjay Sharma, said he was surprised to see that the contractor had lowered the milk transportation charges despite the diesel prices going up substantially.

He said he got suspicious and when the vehicle was checked, the cavity came to notice.

In black and white

The contractor engaged to ferry milk for the Ludhiana Cooperative Milk Plant Union improvised a milk tanker to create a 1,700-litre cavity in it

He would fill the cavity with water and drain it out when the tanker was washed after the supply of milk.

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