Taking up a public interest litigation filed by a Chandigarh police constable alleging illegalities and corruption in the transfer of cops, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Chandigarh inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya to look into the petitioner’s representation and convey a decision to him.
The directions were issued from a division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on a petition filed by constable Jagjeet Singh, posted at police station Mauli Jagran.
The petitioner had sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged irregularities in cops’ transfers in Chandigarh. A prayer was also made to re-define the role and functions of the Police Establishment Board (PEB) and to frame a new policy to transfer every official, irrespective of any discrimination from the rank of a constable to inspector turn-wise to every unit of the Chandigarh police except some technical units in the interest of the welfare of the police personnel.
The petitioner claimed to be a postgraduate in police administration and had submitted to the court that he had given a number of research papers to the Chandigarh police department on various subjects.
He had alleged that corruption had seeped into the workings Chandigarh PEB over time and hit the 6,000-odd police personnel of Chandigarh, impacting residents’ lives.
The petitioner informed the court that in August 2012, senior officers were made aware about number of discrepancies in the transfer policy of the Chandigarh police through a research paper titled ‘Fair Transfer; Motivational Veins’, but nothing was done in this regard till date.
The petitioner informed the court that in July last year, he had given a report to incumbent IGP, Chandig arh, re g arding corruption in transfer policy along with all vital proofs with a request to seize the relevant record so that the act of tampering with the proofs could be prevented.
He claimed that in the report, it was clearly described that how much black money was being generated through traffic duties, beat duties and through petrol and diesel due to this corruption in transfer policy.
The report also mentioned that how again and again some police personnel were being transferred to traffic, police stations, beats and other sensitive units of the Chandigarh police, which only dealt with public on routine basis.