Not long ago, here lived a former Punjab DGP

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According to the Estate Office, the Punjab Police wanted to retain the property (house number 500) but Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil had a fortnight back written to Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh to allot it to Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar.

Gill, who unsuccessfully contested the January polls from Moga, said he had handed over the property to the Estate Department in good condition on the first of this month. "They raised no objection to the condition of the house. But since the Punjab Police Housing Corporation had spent on fittings and installing other items to make it fit for a DGP, their officers visited the house and took away those items after it was not re-allotted to the police," he said.

On why some fittings had been left, he said they took what was listed in their stock register. "In fact, I spent from my pocket to keep the house well," he added.

The extent of extra spending by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation is revealed by the adjacent under-renovation house which has allowance of just one shed for cars and no extra frills. An official of the UT engineering department said for making the DGP comfortable, the Punjab Police Housing Corporation had created many concrete sheds, installed high-security panels on boundary wall, bought expensive upholstery and fittings and landscaped the lawns.

"They have taken all that and destroyed what they could not as the house is not to be allotted to the Punjab Police. There was clearly an intent to damage but the administration may not be able to take it up with the Punjab Police," he added.

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