It took the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) nearly a year to charge a suspended assistant inspector general (AIG) under the anti-corruption law, as the prosecution sanction from the Punjab government was delayed.
In its 24-page chargesheet filed before the court of special CBI judge Vimal Kumar, the CBI on Wednesday charged AIG Paramdeep Singh Sandhu under section 13 (1) (d) (public servant abusing his position and taking gratification other than legal remuneration) of the prevention of corruption Act, 1998.
The court has set July 16 for framing of charges.
The chargesheet says that Sandhu is "habitual" of abusing his official position and taking illegal gratification from public.
In September 1993, when he was posted as deputy superintendent of police at Mansa, Sandhu was dismissed from service under section 311 (2) (b) for collecting money dishonestly. However, in 1995, he was reinstated on the advice of the then Punjab advocate general ML Sareen.
In 2008, when Sandhu was posted as superintendent of police (headquarters) Moga, he was arrested in the sensational 'Moga Sex Scandal' along with the then Moga SSP DS Garcha and DSP Raman Kumar.
The CBI found that Garcha, Sandhu, SHO Amarjit Singh and DSP Raman Kumar, in connivance with three others, had threatened many people with false implication in rape cases for monetary and political considerations. The court had already charged Sandhu and the others under sections of criminal conspiracy and corruption, said the chargesheet. On July 13, 2011, the CBI had arrested AIG Sandhu for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs 50,000 from a former office-bearer of Shiv Sena (Hindustan) for favoring him in an inquiry.