UT pins blame on junior officer for vandalism at former DGP’s house

Almost two months after house number 500 in Sector 16 — the abode of former Punjab Director General of Police P S Gill — was found thoroughly vandalised, the UT Administration has now fixed the responsibility of the vandalism on one of its juniormost officials in the Engineering Department but continues to drag its feet in taking any concrete action in the matter.

Officials in the UT Administration maintain that the inquiry is "complete" and the work inspector was found guilty of dereliction of duty as he failed to inform his "senior" officials about the vandalism done in the house by the employees of the Punjab Police Housing Corporation.

When contacted, UT Chief Engineer S K Chadha, said, "We have completed the inquiry. The work inspector should have atleast informed us about the incident, if not stopped the vandalism. We will take action against him,"

"As of now, we are going to issue him with a show cause notice to give him a chance to give his statement on why action should not be taken against him," added Chadha.

Having blamed a junior engineer for vandalism, the UT Administration has done nothing to renovate the house, which is still locked despite the housing having been allotted to Punjab Assembly's Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar.

Sources in the UT Sdministration say that the officials had asked the Punjab Police Housing Corporation officials to give them the house in the condition it was at the time of allotment to then DGP Gill.

Former DGP Gill had overstayed in house number 500 in Sector 16 and vacated it only after the order of the Chandigarh Administration in the first week of November.

Sequence of events

multi-million renovation at house of former Punjab DGP P S Gill that continued for almost a year for his one-and-a-half-year stay till retirement on September 30, 2011, had raised hackles of the Chandigarh engineering department in November, 2012.

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