After Bihar Police booked Amritsar deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Parampal Singh for allegedly obtaining a fake graduation degree over two decades ago, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh on Sunday said it was for the Punjab Police headquarters to look into it as the record of the senior police officer was with them.
Aulakh said he was yet to receive an official communication from the Bihar government. “It is for the Punjab Police headquarters to look into the case as the records of DSP-rank and above officers are with the headquarters. I can’t say much.”
Bihar Police booked the DCP on the complaint of a Ludhiana police inspector, Anil Kumar Bhanot, a couple of days ago.
However, the DCP claimed that the Patna high court in 2014 had given a stay order in the case, and he would challenge the present FIR and move an application for quashing it.
Inspector Bhanot, on the contrary, said the FIR was registered on the basis of information obtained from various institutions, including Magadh University, and the Bihar Police must do justice.
Bhanot claimed, “When the Magadh University V-C last month said that the degree was fake, he had said it after a detailed probe by a committee formed by the university. The committee had submitted its report to the Bihar State Information Commission. But as the university or any other official did not file a complaint to the police, I had to do that. In my complaint, I have given all facts to Bihar Police, and now it’s for them to see what’s right or wrong. The allegations are levelled on the basis of information obtained from various institutions such as Magadh University, Punjab Police headquarters and Kissan College, an affiliate college of Magadh University, and I am not saying anything.”
However, slamming the charges levelled against him as an “effort to tarnish his image”, Parampal Singh said, “As I already have a stay order from the Patna high court, how can Bihar Police register an FIR against me, that too without any probe or questioning me. There is something fishy. In the past, Magadh University had submitted my education records to the Punjab government and even the court had held them genuine. What can I say if the university is changing its stance now? I was suspended even in 2011 by the Punjab government, but was reinstated after I approached the Punjab and Haryana high court. Even then the Punjab government in its reply to the court had held my degree genuine.”
However, the Punjab government is yet to shed light on the entire episode.