Taking strict action against assistant commissioner of police (ACP), East, Manmeet Singh for allegedly demanding money to register a case, police commissioner Ishwar Singh has suspended the officer.
Manmeet Singh was suspended following allegations that Singh along with SHO of Moti Nagar Raj Kumar had demanded money to register a case.
Amar Nath, 82, a resident of Moti Nagar, had alleged that his nephews, Sarbjit Kumar and Kewal Krishan, were trying to sell his property and the police officers demanded money from him to register a case against his nephews.
Interestingly, former state health minister Satpal Gosain in a press conference on Wednesday said while the police commissioner was working with sincerity and dedication, his officials were involved in bribery, ruining the image of the Punjab police.
Gosain had taken up the case of Amar Nath and had asked the commissioner to take strict action against the erring ACP and the SHO.
"The officers have degraded the police department by not performing their duty in a sincere manner. Asking for money to register a case is uncalled for and strict action should be taken after an inquiry against the officials," said Gosain.
It was alleged that ACP Manmeet Singh had demanded Rs 2 lakh from Amar Nath, whereas SHO Raj Kumar had demanded Rs 10,000 from him. "Amar Nath had recorded the calls of the ACP and the SHO when they use to call him to demand money. We have the recording as a proof against the officials," said Gosain.
Amar Nath wrote a letter to the police commissioner, in which he had stated as to how the ACP had demanded Rs 2 lakh from him. "I was not able to give this much money so I asked the ACP that I could give Rs 1 lakh, to which he agreed," alleged Amar Nath.
"My nephews had occupied some area of my land and I wanted the police to register a case. On June 29, I paid Rs 50,000 to the ACP at his office and the second installment of Rs 60,000 on July 2 again at the same place," alleged Amar Nath.
Despite the fact that Gosain had told Raj Kumar to help Amar Nath legally, no action was taken against those who had occupied Amar Nath's land.
The police commissioner said the ACP had been suspended and an inquiry had been marked against the ACP as well as the SHO. "The deputy commissioner of police would conduct the enquiry against both the officials and action would be taken as per the law," the commissioner added.