"Agar pet me dard ho gaee to doctor ke hi jaunga. (If I suffer from stomach pain, I will only go to a doctor). So I went to the CBI," said Sector 26 police station SHO Anokh Singh, the complainant in the graft case against SP (city) Deshraj Singh, in a firm voice while coming out of the CBI office in Sector 30 here on Friday afternoon.
Acting on Anokh Singh's complaint, the CBI had laid a trap at the SP's house in Sector 23 on Thursday night and caught him taking Rs 1 lakh as bribe to settle the two departmental inquiries being conducted by him against Anokh Singh.
Claiming that he was fed up with the way the SP had been treating him, the SHO said, "Deshraj used to behave rudely with me and had marked baseless inquiries against me. I had no option but to approach the CBI to put an end to my constant harassment."
Asked why he did not approach senior police officers in this regard, Anokh Singh, who has openly raised a banner of revolt in the Chandigarh Police, retorted in a rude voice, "No, I did not go to SSP Naunihal Singh. I directly went to the CBI. The SP had asked for Rs 5 lakh for giving me a clean chit in the inquiries he had initiated against me, but the deal was later settled for Rs 2 lakh."
Anokh Singh said he had gone to the SP's house on Thursday night, along with CBI officials, to hand him over the first instalment of Rs 1 lakh. He said he had submitted a complaint against the SP to the CBI about a week ago.
Anokh Singh, who has been serving in the police for more than two decades, did not divulge the details of the complaint. "I cannot elaborate on the details of the inquiries and the complaints as the matter is now sub judice," he said.
Deshraj has nothing to do with the inquiries
The three inquiries which were stated to be the bone of contention between SP (city) Deshraj Singh and Sector 26 SHO Anokh Singh have in fact nothing to do with the IPS officer. Giving details, a senior officer of the Chandigarh Police said that of the three inquiries, two were being conducted by additional SP (Indian Reserve Battalion) Shiv Charan Singh and the other by DSP (security) Deepak Sehreen. A senior police officer said on condition of anonymity, "I do not know how Anokh Singh has linked Deshraj Singh with the inquiries even though the IPS officer had no role to play.