The Punjab police informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday that patwari (revenue officer) Mohan Singh has not joined the investigation in the Patiala patwari frame-up case till date despite repeated summons.
The submissions were made by investigating officer Dilbagh Singh Pannu, superintendent of police (detective), Ferozepur district, through an affidavit. Pannu requested the court to direct Mohan Singh to join the investigation.
A case was registered on August 23, 2012, against Vigilance Bureau (VB) joint director Surinder Pal Singh, former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Shiv Kumar Sharma, SSP Jaspal Singh, SP Banarsi Das and inspector Isher Singh. It was alleged in the FIR that these officers, during their tenure in the VB, had implicated Mohan Singh in a false case after he demanded Rs. 20 as official fee for mutation record from Sharma.
Pannu submitted that he was conducting the investigation under the supervision of the deputy inspector general of police, Ferozepur range, and as of now all persons against whom the FIR had been registered stood arrested and had joined the probe.
However, despite repeated summons, Mohan Singh had not joined the investigation and had chosen to approach the high court, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation on "mere assumptions" that as the case is against police officers, it would not be impartially examined by the state police.
Mohan Singh had alleged that in 2009, he had 'offended' then VB SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma by demanding Rs. 20 as official fee for issuing the fard (mutation record). He had also informed the inquiry officer that on account of the grudge, Sharma had falsely implicated him in a false case in 2010 and harassed him for more than a year through sub-inspector Ishar Singh.
The patwari also alleged that Sharma got him falsely implicated in another case and arrested him in 2012.
Taking the reply on record, the court adjourned the case for arguments on July 4.