Tribune News Service
Kurukshetra, September 5
They each have rhyming names, however the similarity ends there. While Sandeep Singh took Indian hockey to new heights and is the present Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Mandeep allegedly used Sandeep’s title to run a faux job racket.
A former Indian hockey captain, Sandeep Singh has lodged an FIR towards Mandeep Saini for allegedly duping seven youths on the pretext of offering them jobs in Kurukshetra University and the state electrical energy division.
A Kurukshetra resident, Mandeep, who has been arrested, would introduce himself as a Hindi every day journalist in addition to an in depth aide of the Minister, it’s learnt. He would supply the roles for as little as Rs 20,000, charging Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 as advance. In two instances, he had even offered faux job letters.
Better recognized for his biopic ‘Soorma’ that includes Diljit Dosanjh, Sandeep Singh is a legislator from Pehowa in Kurukshetra district. The Minister claimed he received to know concerning the alleged fraud from a Haryana Vidhan Sabha worker, Maya Ram, a Pehowa resident.
“Maya Ram apprised me that a man in Pehowa was charging money for jobs using my name. I directed the Kurukshetra SP to register a case…. Our government has been working with transparency and if someone tries to cheat people, strict action must be taken,” the Minister mentioned.
Maya Ram alleged Mandeep launched himself as Singh’s media adviser. “He first promised to help my son secure a job in Kurukshetra University. He sought Rs 20,000–Rs 15,000 in advance. Then he assured jobs to my two cousins in the state electricity department. In all, he pocketed Rs 78,560 from seven youths,” added Maya Ram.
Pehowa Station House Officer Dinesh Kumar mentioned Mandeep had been arrested and could be produced in courtroom tomorrow.