Sand Mine-winning ‘Crorepati Cook’ Denies Cooking for Punjab Minister

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Jyoti Kamal | CNN-News18

Sand Mine-winning 'Crorepati Cook' Denies Cooking for Punjab Minister
Amit Bahadur denied ever being the cook of Rana Gurjit Singh and also denied having any dealings with the Power Minister considered to be near Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (Image: TV Grab)

Chandigarh: Right at the centre of the controversy enveloping Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, his ‘cook’ has spoken to CNN-News18 and said he has had no alterations in the sand mining predictions on behalf of the cabinet ministry.

Amit Bahadur, the cook who filed Income Tax returns touching hardly a lakh rupees in yearly earnings and earning about Rs 11,000 as wages in February, says he has not invested in the sand mine auctions recently owned with the Punjab Government Directorate of Mining beneath the Department of Industries and Commerce. The bid amounting to Rs 26 crore to get a sand mining block in SBS Nagar district in Punjab was created by Amit Bahadur.

Amit Bahadur denied ever being the cook of Rana Gurjit Singh and also denied having any transactions. Bahadur acknowledged that some years ago he had been a worker of Rana Gurjit Singh, however, was never his cook.

Also and explaining his source of funding that facilitated his making a Rs 26-crore bidding depositing Rs 13 crore after winning the bidding, Amit Bahadur stated he’s working with a businessman and onto his own leadership, he’d bid to the sand mines. He states that it was an open bid and also all of the money to make the bids was compensated by Randhawa — a businessman who is his spouse. Bahadur stated that he’s open to some evaluation by earnings taxation or enforcement directorate authorities and he bidding on his name but using the money of Randhawa.

Rana Gurjit had said that Amit Bahadur is working with a friend of his and is working with him and that he does not understand who had bid for its mines.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered setting up a one-man commission to probe allegations of impropriety against Gurjit Singh from the subway mining auctions.

The inquiry would be conducted by Justice (Retd) JS Narang plus he would submit his report within a month. The terms of reference for its inquiry commission would be notified stated that the Punjab Government.

In order to guarantee a free and fair investigation into the issue Rana Gurjit offered to resign. Even the Chief Minister, the Punjab Government stated itasked Rana Gurjit to last until the outcome of the judicial probe.

Punjab had e-auctioned 102 minor mineral plantations of gravel and sand in 14 Punjab districts on May 19 and 20.