Former director general of police (DGP) Daljeet Singh Manhas is charged with concealing forensic laboratory report in the compact disc case in which Virbhadra Singh was acquitted a day before he took oath as chief minister for a record sixth time last year on December 25.
State Anti -Corruption and Vigilance Bureau has sought departmental action against three police officers, including the former DGP. The bureau on Thursday sent its report to the home department for its consideration, recommending departmental action against Home Guards commandant Hridesh Bisht, who was superintendent of police (vigilance) in Shimla during bureau's investigations into audio CD that purportedly contained conversations of CM Virbhadra Singh his wife, Pratibha Singh, and IAS officer Mohinder Singh.
Former tourism minister Vijay Singh Mankotia released the CD amid Hamirpur parliamentary by-election, where former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had defeated former forest minister Ram Lal Thakur. In 2009, state anti-corruption and vigilance bureau had registered a case on the basis of the CD's content.
The CD was sent to the central forensic laboratory in Chandigarh for voice sampling. After the registering of a first-information report (FIR), the vigilance had again sought opinion from e-forensic experts in Chandigarh.
The present investigation reveals that the CFSL opinion was not taken into consideration; rather the report had been concealed.
The investigations concluded that the sleuths had falsely recorded the statement of the prosecution witnesses industrialist Kapil Mohan and PC Jain. Both Jain and Mohan, later, approached court, saying that it was not their statements. Both had deposed before the trial court, alleging that their statements recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC in the CD case against Virbhadra Singh were false and forged.
The duo had urged the court to order an inquiry by a senior judicial authority. Kapil Mohan and Prem Chand Jain had alleged that their statement was never recorded by any investigating officer and that they had only come to know about it through newspapers.
"The vigilance bureau has sought departmental action against all the three official concerned with the investigation of the case. They had concealed the report of the Chandigarh forensic laboratory willfully," says deputy inspector general (DIG) of state anti-corruption and vigilance bureau AP Singh.
The third official against whom the vigilance sought departmental action is retired inspector Daya Sagar. Former director general of police Manhas had retired in August 2012. In wake of the charges framed by the trial court, Virbhadra Singh, who was then union minister for small enterprise, had to give up his cabinet berth.