Five serving and retired senior officers of the vigilance bureau are charged with the misuse of authority to implicate a patwari.
Paramraj Umrnanagal, DIG, Ferozepur range, has confirmed receiving orders from Jasminder Singh, additional director general of police (ADGP) (crime), to book VB's joint director (administration) SP Singh, former senior superintendent of police (Patiala) Shiv Kumar Sharma, retired SSP (Ferozepur) Jaspal Singh, ex-SP Banarsi Das, and inspector Isher Singh.
The case was registered under Sections 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document), 211 (false charge of offence made with the intent to injure), 355 (assault in attempt to commit theft), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sadar police station in Ferozepur.
DIG Umranagal had assigned the investigation to the Ferozepur superintendent of police (detective). The functioning of Moga SSP Surjit Singh Grewal is also under the lens, and if he is found guilty, the punishment is likely to be stern.
Mohan Singh, a patwari (junior revenue official) of the Jameetgarh assembly constituency in Fatehgarh Sahib, told HT that he had only demanded Rs 20, the government fee, from former SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma in November 2009 for the mutation of a land in the name of his son at Rurki village in Fatehgarh Sahib. "The officers abused their powers to take revenge for it, and humiliated me, even though I was innocent," Mohan Singh said. "Sharma took the help of his junior officers, Jaspal Singh, Banarsi Das, and Isher Singh, to implicated me in a fake case."
The patwari charged Grewal with threatening him not to use the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and said VB's joint director SP Singh had tampered with records to oblige Sharma.
KS Pannu, special principal secretary to the chief minister, investigated the matter on the orders of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. "In a report submitted to chief secretary Rakesh Singh, he gave me a clean chit and named the officers for the abuse of authority," said Mohan Singh.