Bathinda paddy scam probe assigned to CBI

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Chandigarh: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been asked to look into the misappropriation of the union government subsidy of Rs. 120 crore that was meant for compensating rice shellers for upgrading damaged PAU-201 paddy in the year 2009-10. The Punjab and Haryana high court order for the CBI investigation was issued last Friday by Justice Surinder Gupta. It was based on a bunch of petitions from the aggrieved rice shellers, including Manpreet Singh, that many rice millers of Bathinda, in involvement with officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and procurement agencies, had not used the compensation for upgrading the year 2009-10 rice but instead placed the PAU 201 with other varieties produced in the subsequent years to claim the subsidy dishonestly.
Justice Surinder Gupta marked the case to the CBI for preliminary enquiry at the first instance, ordering it to “register a case, if the allegations are prima-facie found to be made out, and then file final report as early as possible”.