New Delhi (ILNS): The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the additional home secretary of the state to file an affidavit in by November 16, informing how many tainted Police personnel or Officers are posted at all positions in the Police. Information on their current deployment, their full details have also been sought.
The Petitioner’s Counsel in the case, Balbir Saini, told the bench that in the previous hearing, on the order of the High Court, Punjab Deputy Home Secretary Vijay Kumar had given an Affidavit in the High Court submitting the list of 822 corrupt police personnel. There are about 18 inspectors, about 24 sub-inspectors and about 170 ASI. The rest are head-constables and constables.
Advocate Saini said that it is only lower level officers. No information was given about the PPS and IPS officers. On this the High Court has now ordered the Additional Home Secretary to give full details of the cases registered against all the officers, the status of investigation in the FIR and where these personnel and officers are posted.
Saini had further told the High Court that there is considerable contradiction in the affidavit given by the Deputy Secretary and earlier by Moga’s SSP. The SSP had admitted that there was no police personnel against whom an FIR was lodged and he was in service. While the Deputy Secretary’s Affidavit is giving some more information.
A single bench of Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal of the High Court had sought information from the Punjab Government about all the Police Officers and personnel against whom the FIRs were lodged and he is still in service.
The Court also ordered the Government to give information about where those workers are currently posted, what kind of cases are registered against them and what is their status, but the Punjab Government has not informed the Court about the high officials.
The High Court gave this order on a Petition challenging the dismissal orders on behalf of the dismissed policeman Surjit Singh.
The Court was told that due to an FIR lodged against Surjeet Singh, Moga’s SSP has ordered his sacking, while IG Ferozepur Range reinstated on November 23, 2018 after the FIR lodged against him. Despite this, he has been dismissed from service.
In the Petition, he had said that there are many such officers in the Police, against whom criminal cases have been registered and he is still in service. It is discriminatory to dismiss him.
The High Court, while hearing the Petition, issued notice to all the other defendants, including the Government of Punjab, seeking an answer.