Inspector Yashpal Vinayak finally handed a written complaint to senior officials against deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Anjitha Chepyala, whom he has accused of corruption. However, it was mere reproduction on paper of the message that he had sent on Thursday in the police chat group on mobile messenger application WhatsApp.
He has been told to give a detailed complaint. Now the SHO is expected to produce bills of the money he claims to have spent on the DSP’s air ticket, an air-conditioner and renovation of her house.
Meanwhile, inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya called a meeting of all DSPs, SHOs, and police post incharges at the headquarters, where he said: “If a senior asks you to do anything wrong, you should not blindly follow it. No relation of obligation is required between senior and junior officers.” Vinayak and Chepyala were not present, though senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill was there.
Gill is probing the SHO-DSP row on two counts — the manner in which the SHO sent his complaint in a common chat group; and the actual allegations made.
Sending a strong message against corruption and indiscipline, the IGP in stern words told the cops that “seniors should remain alert and weed out corruption wherever they notice it, and not themselves ask for favours… Policing is not business of indulging in favours, but of serving the people”.
The IGP also specifically disapproved of SHO Vinayak’s manner of airing his grievance. He said if any officer had any problem or wanted to air his grievance, “he should come through proper channel”. “Senior officers are always available. A social networking site or application is not a proper medium to give a complaint for a member of a disciplined force,” he asserted.
It came a day after Vinayak was shifted out as industrial area station house officer and posted to the recruit training centre, while Chepyala, who was DSP (east), was shifted to the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB). ASP Parminder Singh has since been given the charge of DSP (east), and Devinder Sharma is the Industrial Area SHO now.