Ashok Khemka and the Sanjiv Chaturvedi were not the first senior bureaucrats who were “victimized” by their indifferent political bosses but several of the former state police chiefs have made it on record about their ill-experience in Haryana.
A close look at the Haryana police’s website’ about the “former heads of Haryana police” corner gives interesting comments about their police careers.
For Man Mohan Singh, who headed the state force twice, he did not rank his is position as DGP among his important postings.
He headed the state police from January 13, 1979 to June 26, 1979 and then July 26 1980 to August 3, 1982.
In the column “advice to members of Indian Police Service”, Singh stated that he was transferred 35 times in his career of 35 years because “he was never a politicians’ man”.
Mentioning the fond memories on the official website, Singh said that being the inspector general of police (time not stated), he had protested about the promotion of a superintendent of police as a deputy IG on account of his (SP’s) having selected some undeserving constables in an exam test.
“His protest cost him the DG’s post but elates him because subsequently he got the most coveted the President’s Police Medal for distinguished services” reads the message.
Lachhhman Das, who was the DGP from August 17, 1994 to May 30, 1995 minced no words in saying that he had “a saga of torture and humiliation by a politician (who also remained) the chief minister, who wanted illegal actions which he (Das) refused and suffered awfully. Some police officers became tool against him”.
Similarly, IPS BR Lall, who died in 2011, narrated that he normally remained on the “khude line” (sidelined) postings in Haryana.
Writer of the book Who Owns CBI: The Naked Truth, Lall had handled several cases involving high profile politicians during his stint at joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (1994-96).
He remained the Haryana DGP for 63 days and retired on May 31, 2004.
Lamenting the police force, he stated that traffic wing was never serious about road safety and controlling or regulation of traffic and accuses it of spreading corruption.
PC Wadhwa (30-6-1979- 25-7-1980) wrote that he had to approach Supreme Court, Punjab and Haryana high court and Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the biased state governments for his personal professional redressal.
Wadhwa had successfully represented all his cases personally in courts and CAT.
Sidelights: Ahead of 2005 assembly polls, the Election Commission of India held the then DGP MS Malik guilty of violation of code of conduct and replaced him with AS Bhatotia.
Malik, who was in the Indian army before joining the IPS, was a commando instructor at Infantry School, Belgaum. He had joined several commando operations in the army.
He participated in managerial and organising capacity in various international sports events since Asian games 1982 at New Delhi.
Malik holds a PhD on human rights from Panjab University.
POSITIVE ALSO: It was Lachhman Das (retired in April 1995) who had introduced the system of not summoning children, senior citizens and women at the police stations.
The US-educated RK Hooda, who remained the DGP for about six months till he retired in June 1991, was handpicked for foreign assignments as Counseller India Embassy, Rome and Charge de Affairs, High Commission of India, Seychelles.
Herbert Mohan Spratt, who led the state police for 18 days was fluent in Nepali. He is the only DGP who was given a two-year extension and adjusted in the force as the state vigilance commissioner and MD, state police Housing Corporation.
He remained with the ministry of external affairs, Seychelles 1989-1992.
No info- The official website contains no information about its three ex-DGP namely- JS Vachher (the longest service police chief of Hrayan), Budh Ram Fansal and SPS Rathore.