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Ex-DGP suspended, may be arrested

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 18:23 IST
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The State Government suspended former Director General of Police (DGP) Narayan Mishra two days after the special vigilance unit (SVU) raided his house in connection with possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and lodged a case against him in this connection. Mishra, who was posted as Director General (DG), Homeguards, till he was suspended, has been asked to join the police headquarters.

Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah confirmed the suspension of Mishra and said that investigations into the disproportionate assets (DA) case were on. "The action follows lodging of a DA case against Mishra," he said. He, however, refused to divulge information about the progress of the investigation in the case.

SVU sources did not rule out the possibility of the former DGP’s arrest. A senior official associated with the investigation said Mishra might be arrested even before submission of the charge-sheet in the special vigilance court if he refused to cooperate with the investigating officer.

An SP-rank officer, RK Singh, has been appointed as investigating officer of the case. "The scrutiny of the documents seized during search operation at different places is still in progress," said IG (SVU) AK Upadhyay, adding that it was a time taking process.

"After completion of the scrutiny of documents, the investigating officer would submit a final form in the court. If need be, he might be interrogated or arrested," he added. Upadhyay said a lot of development is taking place, which he would not like to share with the media as it would hamper the investigation. The SVU, created by the State Government to investigate DA and corruption cases, acts on the pattern of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The SVU has extended the scope of investigation into the DA case against Mishra. It is now focusing on the documents related to the recruitment of constables in 2005. The recruitments had been cancelled later and fresh physical tests were held soon after the Nitish government took over.

The investigating team is also working on the involvement of other senior police officials in the recruitment muddle. They may also be interrogated in the days to come if the SVU felt the need, said a senior official.

Meanwhile, the SVU is reportedly preparing a detailed questionnaire to interrogate Mishra and his two sons to gather information about the investments and assets. It may be recalled here that Mishra was removed from the post of the DGP in May 2005 after the Bihar Police Association (BPA) raised a banner of revolt against him over the issue of alleged arbitrary transfer/posting of police officials and irregularities in the recruitment of constables.

E-mail Ramashankar: ramaashankaar@indiatimes.com

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