Despite being acquitted of raping a Khuda Lahora minor, reinstatement of the five dismissed UT police cops is still a distant dream.
Though their kin and the five dismissed constables, Jagtar Singh, 23, Akshay, 24, Sunil Kumar, 23, Himmat Singh, 24 and Anil, 25, have been demanding reinstatement after being acquitted, there are no provisions of suo motu reinstatement of cops dismissed from service after being arrested on charges of rape and molestation.
As per the procedure, the dismissed cops after getting the copy of the order can file a representation before the authorities seeking review of their dismissal. But the process would take no less than three months.
In case the state files an appeal against the acquittal, the outcome of the appeal would decide the fate of the dismissed cops.
Though on the basis of the acquittal, the cops can also move court seeking directions to the authorities to reinstate them, as the sole ground of dismissal from service is over with them being let off.
“We still have to examine the order of the court, and will take further action only after seeking legal opinion,” said Sukhchain Singh Gill, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Chandigarh.
Talking to HT he said, “They were dismissed on allegations of rape, and the onus of proving themselves innocent now lies on them. Moreover, we cannot be sure on whether or not to file an appeal, without going through the order. So it is too early to say anything on reinstatement.”
Soon after being acquitted, the cops had said they would file an appeal against their dismissal from service due to the case. Claiming to having been denied an opportunity to explain themselves before their dismissal, the cops had sought reinstatement.