A total of 180 departmental and disciplinary inquiries are pending against UT cops, available data has suggested. The allegations range from insubordination to improper investigation of cases.
Police Complaint Authority set up to look into complaints against cops as part of the internal mechanism has also indicted at least 15 cops this year. The PCA also recommended suspension of two cops but due to internal departmental inquiries, the orders have not been executed as yet.
In last one year, 250 in-house inquiries have been ordered by police against their personnel.
Last year till October 31, at least 162 complaints were filed and 123 were disposed. In 10 complaints, the PCA ordered suspension and departmental inquiry against police officers. The inquiries are also marked after the recommendations by the Punjab and Haryana high court besides the Central Bureau of Investigation.
A senior police officer says, “In case of officers below the rank of DSP, an in-house inquiry is conducted. In case of officers of DSP and above rank, the inquiry is ordered by the home department. Most inquiries are based on complaints by superiors and even residents.”
DSP (headquarters) Ashish Kapoor says a substantial number of complaints are of non-registration of cases, police inaction, faulty or biased probe.
As per SSP Naunihal Singh, the intention behind holding inquiries is not to hold the erring cops responsible, but also to restore the confidence of people in justice-delivery system.
So far, the action initiated against the erring cops include dismissal from service, major penalty provision and even stopping of increments.
Amanjot ferrying undertrials
At the receiving end, inspector Amanjot Singh has been assigned the duty of ferrying undertrials from jail to court and has to travel with them in the police van. His medical leave was not accepted on Friday and request for a four-day medical leave was also turned down, quoting the service rules. Service rules say it is the discretion of the boss to clear the leave.