Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) head Bibi Jagir Kaur are under Punjab Lokayukta's scanner.  The Lokayukta in the state has ordered a probe against Badal and Bibi Jagir Kaur to ascertain charges of misuse of public land in the state.

According to sources, the order came after George Shubh, a resident of Kapurthala, filed petition on August 24 against Bibi Jagir Kaur for illegally acquiring 12-acre government land in Begowal costing nearly Rs 100 crore and Parkash Singh Badal for aiding the SGPC chief.

The petition stated that Bibi Jagir Kaur has set up a school on the government land.

Taking serious cognisance of the complaint, Punjab Lokayukta Justice GS Dhaliwal on Monday ordered a probe against the two and directed Shyam Lal, Inspector General (IG) to file an investigation report within a month.

The petitioner stated that earlier he had approached the Deputy Commissioner as well as the Chief Minister with the same complaint but no action was taken owing to Jagir Kaur’s political influence. Hence he approached the Lokayukta.

Lokayukta Dhaliwal has ordered a probe after registering the complainant's statement.

JPN/Bureau