Deputy commissioner of police Ashwin Shenvi on Saturday clarified that there had been no delay in registering a fresh FIR against dismissed constable Sukhwinder Singh for a fresh set of articles that had been found missing from the judicial malkhana (store to keep case properties) at the Panchkula district courts - a revolver, 40 cartridges and a motorcycle.
He added, “We have found the items missing during routine checking that is done police station-wise. We will put in place a mechanism so that such incidents do not occur in the future.”
Sukhwinder, a resident of Kaithal, is presently out on bail.
The issue of missing case properties had come to light in 2010 and an FIR had been registered at that time. But, a fresh FIR has pointed out that even now - after more than two years - missing properties are coming to light, despite claims of regular checking.
How did the matter come to light
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurdev Singh was made the incharge of the judicial malkhana at the Panchkula district courts on June 10, 2009, but constable Sukhwinder dilly-dallied in handing over the charge to him on one pretext or the other, mostly remaining absent.
After 13 months a complaint was lodged by Gurdev, on which the first FIR was registered on July 11, 2010. It was contended that case properties in a number of cases could not be presented in the court because Sukhwinder was not handing over the charge.
An inquiry was conducted and Rs. 12.28 lakh, along with revolvers, bullets, vehicles, liquor bottles, knives, gold and silver jewellery were found missing in connection with 631 cases.
Sukhwinder was arrested on November 19, 2011. As per the chargesheet, nothing was recovered from his house in Sector 5, Panchkula, except Rs. 1 lakh.
The case is pending before chief judicial magistrate Bhawna Jain and would next come up for hearing on May 23.