As incongruous as it may sound, several cops in the SAS Nagar police continue to serve despite being convicted of crimes, including false implication, graft and theft.
Many such ‘protectors of law’ are serving at plum posts, including that of superintendent of police, while numerous others are undergoing trial.
Even as Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini claims that the members of his force always keep service before self, the cases against many of his men raises questions on the ‘integrity’.
Among these cops is inspector Jarnail Singh, posted in the SAS Nagar traffic wing, who is facing a trial for falsely implicating an advocate in an abduction case using his official power.
In another popular case, the Vigilance Bureau had nabbed assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Sartaj Singh, along with constable Sham Sunder, while allegedly accepting Rs 50,000 in bribe for settling down a case in the accused’s favour. He was suspended from the post soon after, but easily rejoined the force after getting bail.
The vigilance bureau had also arrested ASI Jarnail Singh, then posted at Kurali police station, after he was caught red-handed while accepting `1 lakh in bribe from a resident for not falsely implicating his son in a rape case. The case is sub judice, but the ASI continues to be posted at the Phase-11 police station.
In an interesting case, Jasvir Singh, munshi head clerk (MHC) of Sohana police station, was arrested on charges of possessing and then abandoning a stolen police Gypsy. He was allegedly found driving the stolen vehicle with a fake number. He also continues to retain his job.
With these cops retaining uniform, they are ostensibly in a position to pressure the complainant and affect the investigation.
Director inspector general (DIG) RK Jaiswal refused to comment on the issue. His silence raises questions on the functioning and management of the SAS Nagar police.
Convicted cops who got more work
SP Sarabjit Singh Pandher had been awarded two years in jail by the Rupnagar court for trying to save a convict in an NDPS case. Having availed of bail, Pandher was appointed as superintendent of police (SP) of industries and also has the charge of City 2 of SAS Nagar.
Assistant sub-inspector Shingara Singh was convicted in a graft case by a local court and awarded three years time in jail. Soon after procuring the bail, Singh got his uniform back and was posted with the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) of SAS Nagar.