Shocked to find Hargobind Singh, the superintendent of police (SP) of the Mohali vigilance bureau, "misdirecting the inquiry" in a case involving rural development deputy director Mohinder Singh, the Punjab and Haryana high court has questioned the feasibility of retaining the SP on the post.
Hargobind Singh is the investigating officer in an FIR registered on December 12, 2012, at the Mohali vigilance bureau police station in a case in which the rural development and panchayat department had illegally changed the cadre of two elementary teacher training (ETT) teachers, Gurpreet Singh and Amrik Singh, to clerks by "forging signatures" of the department's director. Also using the same modus operandi, one Suman was appointed clerk at the panchayat samiti, Sirhind, despite a ban on regular appointments.
Justice RK Garg has directed the principal secretary, home, to file an affidavit after considering the desirability of keeping Hargobind Singh "on such an important post".
Not only this, the court while summoning the vigilance bureau director on the next date of hearing, has ordered him to explain as to why the investigating officer not be transferred for failing to record Mohinder Singh's statements, surprisingly, even four months after registration of the FIR.
Effort to save real culprits
Justice Garg said, "It seems every effort is being made to save the real culprits." The court found, "Mohinder Singh, against whom serious allegations have been levelled, has the supervision of all the branches concerned." The court directed the investigating officer to investigate the role of Mohinder Singh in the case.
The SP himself admitted in the court that except clerk Karamjit Singh against whom Mohinder Singh had levelled allegations of misapproporiation, he had not interrogated the other accused.
Mohinder Singh accused in illegal transfers
The court was also informed that an FIR was registered on September 30, 2011, at police station, Phase-8, Mohali, against Mohinder Singh for forging the signatures of the director, rural development and panchayat, for making transfers of 28 panchayat secretaries. It was also submitted that an FIR registered on January 21, 2008, under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mohinder Singh at SAS Nagar is pending for want of sanction of the authority.
'Suitable inquiry officer'
The petitioner's counsel also informed that, interestingly, PS Kalike, additional deputy commissioner (development), SAS Nagar, has been appointed the inquiry officer against Mohinder Singh. Whereas Mohinder Singh himself was earlier the inquiry officer in a case known as the 'JCB scam' and had exonerated Kalike and others. The case is still pending with the Central Bureau of Investigation but Kalike has been given promotions, the court was informed.
The case will come up for hearing next week.