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HT Live Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 12, 2013
Just after two days of receiving prosecution sanction from the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet on Friday against tainted UT superintendent of police (SP) Deshraj Singh in the graft case registered against him. A 2008-batch officer of the India Police Service, Deshraj was arrested red-handed taking bribe by the CBI at his Sector-23 residence on October 18, 2012. The trap was laid on the complaint of Chandigarh police inspector Anokh Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Sector-26 police station, for giving him a clean chit in two inquiries pending against him.

Desraj was holding the charge of SP (city), along with the additional charge of SP (headquarters), when he was arrested.

"While posted as the SP, Deshraj abused his official position by demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh from the complainant. The motive was not to harass the complainant and to help him in regular departmental inquiries pending against him," reads the chargesheet.The CBI has named 33 witnesses in the chargesheet running into 15 pages against the suspended SP, who has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case would now come up for hearing on August 2."We have not yet received the copy of the challan and thus have no information regarding this. The case is listed for August 2, only then we will get the copy in case challan has been filed," defence counsel Vishal Garg Narwana said.

Purpose behind demanding bribe
As per the complaint of Anokh Singh, Deshraj was a crucial witness in one of the departmental inquiries initiated against him (Anokh) and his (Desraj) statement was pending. Bribe was allegedly demanded to give a "favourable" statement against him.

Assistant superintendent of police (ASP), IRB, Shivcharan was conducting the two departmental inquiries marked against Anokh. The inquiries were initiated for wilful disobedience and insubordination as Anokh had failed to inform Deshraj about a theft at an MLA's residence on September 28, 2012. Deshraj himself had initiated second inquiry initiated against Anokh for not conducting proper investigations in a case involving assault on a woman constable.

Recorded voice of Deshraj: CFSL report
The CBI in order to substantiate allegations against Deshraj had got the voice samples of recorded conversation examined by Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), New Delhi.

The CFSL report had ruled that the voices in the recorded conversation in the mobile phone of the complainant and digital recorders are of complainant Anokh and Deshraj. The report had ruled out tampering. According to sources, the CFSL report has been attached with the chargesheet.


Time line
October 12, 2012: Inspector Anokh records his conversation with SP (city) Deshraj when the demand of Rs. 5 lakh is made to give reports of two inquiries pending against him, in his favour only. Anokh says the amount is too huge and the deal is then settled for Rs. 2 lakh

October 15: Anokh submits a complaint to the CBI

October 18: CBI lays a trap. Records the conversation during which Deshraj tells Anokh that all arrangements have been made and he should visit his residence alone. CBI arrests Deshraj red-handed while accepting the bribe

December 12: Deshraj released on bail.