Claiming to be a victim of circumstances and being trapped due to factionalism in the Chandigarh Police, former Sector-34 station house officer, Rajesh Shukla, who was nabbed while accepting Rs 10,000 as bribe, shot off a communiqué to inspector general of police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya.
Shukla said factionalism took its toll on him, as a result of which he was fixed by the rivals.
Shukla was nabbed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), along with head constable Mukesh and constable Dilbaj Singh on September 3.
Shukla’s advocate SPS Bhullar told the media that the cop had forwarded an application to get a fair inquiry conducted as he was falsely implicated. He wanted a probe to be conducted by senior authorities of the Chandigarh Police.
Shukla claimed that he was framed because he was slated to be promoted as a DSP. He further claimed that he had not demanded money from anyone and the recorded conversation also did not indicate that he demanded money.
In the application, Shukla also demanded an inquiry against CBI inspector Subhash Chandra and his team to get the truth out. He claimed that the CCTV footage of September 2 and 3 of the police station be scanned by the authorities, which would show that nothing wrong was going on at the police station.
A parking contractor at Sector 34, Lalit Joshi, had approached the CBI on September 2 alleging that the cops had been demanding monthly payments for allowing him to run the lots and had been pressurising him to pay for August and September. They had allegedly demanded Rs 15,000 with Rs 5,000 to be paid to each of the three cops.
The IGP, however, said he was not aware of any such communication.
Not something new
Factionalism within the Chandigarh Police is a known fact. Sometimes it is inter-cadre — between senior and junior level officers, while in other cases it is UT cadre officers versus outside cadre officers from Punjab, Haryana or Delhi. Recently, an SHO had complained against a DSP woman officer of indulging in corruption. The SHO, Yashpal Vinayak, had sent a message in the Chandigarh Police group on WhatsApp addressing the IGP that DSP (east) Anjitha Chepyala from Delhi was asking for favours in cash again and again from him. An inquiry was marked in the matter.
Of 18 DSPs, only six from UT
Some UT officials had, in fact, been quite vocal in their criticism of the officers on deputation. In all there are 18 DSPs in Chandigarh. Six DSPs are of UT cadre and three from Punjab. Nine DSPs are from Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police, besides four IPS officers from Delhi Police who are functioning as ASPs.