ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NORTH-When Thieves Fall Out

When Thieves Fall Out THIEVES are falling out in Punjab. While many of the officials and politicians indicated by the Harchand Singh Committee, which probed land- grabbing scandals, have remained tight-lipped, others have hurled all sorts of charges against their own party colleagues in a bid to expose them. The chain-reaction makes it obvious that the guilt is widespread and that the people have not yet heard the last word on grabbing. There is hectic activity all over the state to discover more skeletons in the cupboard of politicians, especially past and present legislators, on the assumption that every ambitious person in public life must have made his pile by underhand means. To counter the allegations of land-grabbing, some of the indicted legislators have accused their colleagues of having defrauded the state exchequer of large sums by submitting false TA and other bills. Government records at many centres are being frantically scrutinised to detect more cases of fraud, overcharging and other irregularities. Some cases of tampering with official records (with the connivance of patwaris) have also been reported.

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