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What led to Yashpal?s ouster?

WHILE NEWLY appointed director general of police Bua Singh has got down to ?Operation Improvement?, a debate on the sudden ouster of Yashpal Singh from the ?hot seat? refuses to die down. IPS officers are more interested in discussing the immediate provocation for Yashpal?s departure, than Bua Singh?s arrival.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 01:06 IST
M Hasan

WHILE NEWLY appointed director general of police Bua Singh has got down to ‘Operation Improvement’, a debate on the sudden ouster of Yashpal Singh from the ‘hot seat’ refuses to die down. IPS officers are more interested in discussing the immediate provocation for Yashpal’s departure, than Bua Singh’s arrival.

Though the change was imminent, what hastened the process was allegedly a fresh move to capture a controversial PAC bungalow in Gonda, bungling in out-of-turn promotion of sub-inspectors and reported hobnobbing of Yashpal’s wife and SP MLA Gita Singh with the BSP.

The Gonda bungalow has been the bone of contention between Gita and the PAC for a long time. After failing to illegally capture the bungalow on December 24, 2005, Gita had even taken up the matter with the CM. However, Yadav asked her to wait for a High Court decision on the case. Sources said a conspiracy was allegedly hatched once again to forcibly take possession of the bungalow on April 4. But even before the operation could be undertaken, Yashpal Singh was removed from the post on April 3 night. In December, the then DIG, Gonda, Safi Rizvi, had to make hectic efforts to convince Gita to vacate the bungalow. The local police were then with her. Thus the government did not want a “replay”, as the issue had already brought a bad name to it.

Another issue, which played a vital role in sealing Yashpal’s fate was alleged large-scale bungling in out-of turn promotion of sub-inspectors.

“It had turned out to be an industry,” said an officer. While there is a committee headed by the ADG (Law and Order) to screen the cases, the final authority rests with the DGP, who has the power to overturn recommendations of the committee. “The committee has been constituted to help the DGP,” said one of the members.

But sources said inconvenient cases were not brought before the committee and cops were allegedly given promotion even without screening. The fettered committee was not even allowed to hold a meeting on its own, as the DGP reportedly used to “fix the date”, the member pointed out. The bungling was brought to the notice of Principal Secretary (Home) Alok Sinha, who, before proceeding on deputation to the Centre on April 1, handed over a report to the chief minister for action. The government has been considering a thorough investigation into the matter.

Last, but not the least, was Gita’s alleged nexus with BSP leaders in Balrampur. She was not happy with the SP leadership, as her request for a Lok Sabha ticket in 2004 from Balrampur was turned down. The State intelligence had then reported against her. Even then, the chief minister appointed Yashpal Singh as the DGP under pressure from the Thakur lobby on January 11, 2005.