Giving a new twist in the graft case registered against former UT police superintendent of police, Deshraj Singh, defence places a document of review committee on record indicating that possibility of false implication.
Deshraj Singh, a 2008-batch officer of India Police Service (IPS), was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in October 2012 on complaint of Chandigarh police inspector Anokh Singh, station house officer (SHO), Sector 26 police station.
During the resumed hearing of the case, defence counsel Vishal Garg Narwana pointed towards the observation of the three-member review committee which was constituted to consider the request of grant of prosecution of Deshraj.
The committee had observed, “We are aware of the fact that there is a dispute in UT police between senior officials and inspectors/sub inspectors. There is a possibility of some subordinate officials trying to frame senior officials.”
The committee opined, “Deshraj was in need of money and loan taken from senior superintendent of police. Thus, his contention that this was loan and not bribe does not seem to be baseless, although committee observed taking a loan from a subordinate is not advisable especially in circumstances prevailing in UT police…. The committee, therefore, considers that there is a possibility of some subordinate of this officer having offered to give loan and thereafter misrepresentation the same as bribe.”
SP (city) Deshraj Singh, who was holding the additional charge of SP (headquarters), Chandigarh, when CBI arrested him while accepting illegal gratification of `1 lakh for getting him (Anokh Singh) clean chit in the pending enquiries against him.
Complainant Anokh Singh fails to appear
CBI special judge Vimal Kumar on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the graft case against suspended superintendent of police (SP) Deshraj Singh, after the complainant inspector Anokh Singh, SHO, Sector 26 police station, sought adjournment saying that he was on leave. This was the second time when complainant failed to appear. Earlier, on November 27, Anokh Singh had taken adjournment citing health grounds. The case was adjourned to January 13.