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CBI files chargesheet against Dhillon in Fun Republic scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet in the case of Fun Republic — the city’s first multiplex — in the court of Special Judge, CBI, Chandigarh, on Friday.

Prominent businessman and senior Congress leader Kewal Dhillon, Atul Goel of M/s E-City Entertainment, Manimajra, Sub-Divisional Officer T P Singh, Assistant Engineer Brij Mohan Draftsman Sandeep Sharma; Architect Arun Loomba, have been named in the chargesheet.

The CBI has said that Dhillon, Goel and Lumba, in connivance with the officials of building branch, cheated the government/ Building Branch/Municipal Corporation to the tune of around Rs 6.28 crore.

Undue profits were made by M/s Dhillon Brothers Private Limited, Chandigarh and M/s E-City Entertainment, Manimajra, while the Chandigarh Administration suffered loss as Form ‘B’ dated June 19, 2006, was issued in blatant violations of Rule 18 of Capital of Punjab (Regulation and Development) Act 1952, the investigating agency added.

The chargesheet also said that the officials of building branch extended undue favours to M/s Dhillon Brothers while sanctioning the building plan and granting occupation certificate by ignoring the serious violations of building bylaws.

Conversion/composition charges of around Rs 95.96 lakh; including Rs 9.18 lakh for converting offices spaces to Athena Pub and Bar on the fourth floor of the building, were not collected from the company, thus causing loss to the government exchequer, the chargesheet said.

Dhillon also obtained L-4 licence on November 21, 2005, for Athena Bar and Lounge located in the rear portion of the building and started its operation on November 28, 2005, without regularising the area in use for a restaurant and bar.

On inspecting the premises, the municipal corporation also imposed a penalty of around Rs 3.83 crore on Dhillon.

According to the chargesheet, the building was illegally possessed on November 28, 2003, without obtaining the occupation certificate from a competent authority. Thus, the fine calculated for misuse of the building was calculated as Rs 5.32 crore as on February 25, 2007.

Source: Indian Express


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