Congress MP Santokh Singh has denied all the allegations levelled against him in the viral clip and termed it to be doctored audio. “It is all part of a political stunt. Some frustrated elements in Phillaur have been doing all these foolish things. Allegations against me of taking a commission for works are completely baseless,” he said.
Chandigarh, Punjab: A Congress leader has written a letter to Rahul Gandhi levelling corruption charges against the party’s Punjab MP Santokh Chaudhary. An audio clip accessed by Times Now has allegedly exposed the cut-money culture in the Congress-ruled state.
As of now, no official statement has come from the Congress officer on the issue. Considering the seriousness of the issue, the opposition parties have been demanding an investigation into this matter, reports Times Now’s Gurpreet.
This came after an alleged audio clip of a telephonic conversation, between Phillaur’s panchayat secretary and former sarpanch of a village in the same tehsil, went viral on social media.
According to the audio, the discussion revolves around the alleged bungling in panchayat funds with the name of Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh cropping in it.
The audio is a conversation between Surinder Kumar, former sarpanch of Mehsampur village, and panchayat secretary Dharampal. It is reportedly six-week-old but became an issue as Congress leader from the area Damanvir Phillaur (son of former Akali minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur) called for an inquiry into the matter.
In the alleged audio clip, the panchayat secretary tells the former sarpanch that Chaudhary Santokh Singh was taking a commission for various development works, including those of installation of interlocking tiles, streetlights and RO water system.
Dharampal says, “All tiles, lights and water filter systems are coming from firms selected by MP Chaudhary. They are taking the entire commission directly from the companies passing on no share to anyone else. This can be confirmed from any of the 12 secretaries of Phillaur block. One or two sarpanches tried to confront Chaudhary over the issue but to no avail. He asks the sarpanches to either get the work done or face suspension.”