THOUGH new DGP A R Pawar maintains he filed an FIR as per the court order, sequence of events that led to the ouster of Swaraj Puri as DGP and the EOW D-G’s installation as his successor suggests otherwise.
According to reliable sources, Pawar kept the State Government, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in the dark when the FIR was registered against Puri on Thursday. He informed Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni only after lodging of the FIR that ultimately led to Puri’s ouster.
The sources say Principal Secretary Law P P Tiwari advised against going for FIR against Puri for the alleged fraud. He is learnt to have suggested that the EOW could proceed with investigation without registering the FIR. At this point, it was decided in principle to initiate only investigations against Puri.
The sources told the Hindustan Times that the same decision was also communicated to Pawar. The Chief Minister is learnt to have ticked off Pawar for his act of keeping the State Government in the dark on his going ahead with filing the FIR against head of the Police Department. The two IPS officers not enjoying good rapport is an open secret.
But the biggest surprise for those who were in the know of the developments came on Friday when the State Government appointed Pawar as Puri’s successor. The issue is now topic of discussion among senior officers in Mantralaya.
However, they are at a loss to understand why the State Government made Pawar the new DGP instead of taking action against him.
“I filed the FIR to honour the court order in letter and spirit,” the newly appointed DGP said. Talking to the Hindustan Times, Pawar said there was no question of keeping the Government in the dark. When his attention was drawn to the opinion of Law Department, he said going by its opinion the case could be dealt with either way – FIR or no FIR. But senior officers are not willing to buy Pawar’s argument for FIR.