Of the 14 cops who are eligible for promotion to the rank of deputy superintendent of police, at least eight are either facing an departmental inquiry or have been asked to explain specific instances of misconduct or poor performance, sources in the police said.
According to records with the Chandigarh police, disciplinary action may be taken against eight of the cops while six have a clean record. The police force has about 63 inspectors of which 11 have been appointed as police station house officers.
Rajesh Shukla, the former Sector 34 SHO who was arrested on Wednesday by the CBI on charges of graft, is one of the 14 cops eligible for promotion. he is now suspended. He has also been issued eight notices asking him to explain his misconduct following several complaints against him this year. He was issued similar notices last year after allegations of delay in conducting investigations.
A senior police official, however, said notices issued to cops asking for an explanation regarding any shortcoming are not viewed seriously but departmental inquiries are.
Apart from Shukla, three other SHOs — Anokh Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Yashpal Vinayak — have been asked to explain lapses during their investigations into various criminal cases, not conducting fair probes and trying to hide facts. The SHO at the Sector 26 police station, Anokh, who had complained against Desraj Singh, the superintendent of police (city) at the time, to the CBI in 2012 alleging corruption, is facing four departmental inquiries. Anokh has been issued an explanation notice by senior officials at least nine times since January this year. Bhupinder Singh, SHO at the Sector 36 police station, who is also in the line for promotion, has been asked to explain through eight different notices this year.
Yashpal Vinayak, who was SHO of the Industrial Area police station till July this year, and had levelled corruption charges against his senior DSP East, Anjitha Chepyala, has no less than three inquiries pending against him. He has also been asked to explain after four complaints were received against him this year and the recent one was received in August.
The other four inspectors, who are also in the fray for promotion to the rank of DSP, are also facing departmental inquiries. Ram Gopal, posted with the Indian Reserve Battalion, has two departmental inquiries pending against him for dereliction of duty. Similarly, an inquiry is pending against inspectors Dewan Singh (traffic police) and Kudlip Singh posted with the police lines currently. Meanwhile, a criminal case is pending against Dalip Rattan, who had fired in the air from his official weapon in Kerala in Punjab in May last year. Inspector Rattan was then vigilance cell in charge of the UT police. He was arrested by the Punjab police and was booked in a case of attempted murder. The inspector had claimed he had fired in the air to save himself from a mob that was assaulting him. Efforts to reach the UT IGP and SSP proved futile as they did not respond to calls.
However, Malkit Singh, SHO at the Sector 11 police station, is not seeking promotion, though censure notices were issued against him about a decade ago for failing to hand over files to his successors after being changed from the department. He had also failed to fill up an integrated investigation form.
781 complaints against cops last year
The data available with the Chandigarh police shows in 2013 a total of 781 complaints were received against various cops ranking from constable to DSP. Disciplinary action was initiated against 192 police personnel while 63 were given minor punishments. Cases were filed against seven cops after verification of facts. Nearly 32 complaints were found false and unsubstantiated.