Ferozepur City DSP (headquarters) Balwinder Singh Sekhon whose conduct is already under cloud in a drug bribery case involving key local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders has proceeded on 'unsanctioned leave' even as he had been directed to join investigation by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardyal Singh Maan.
Maan had asked him to appear personally in the case that has Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma also in a tight spot.
"I sought personal appearance from DSP Sekhon, but he has sent a leave application," SSP Maan told HT, adding, "I am yet to take a final call on the application." The charge handled by DSP Sekhon has been given to local SP (headquarters) on temporary basis.
HT's repeated attempts to contact Sekhon remained futile.
DSP Sekhon's name cropped up in the case along with district BJP president Jugraj Singh Katora after senior police officers learnt that about `18 lakh bribe was allegedly paid by four accused, who had been booked for drugs and weapon smuggling on June 17.
In Chandigarh on Saturday, the four accused Jasbir Singh, 60, along with son Amrit Pal Singh, daughter-in-law Jagdeep Kaur and another son Gurwinder Singh, levelled allegations against the DSP and BJP leaders.
The involvement of other BJP leaders came to light three days ago when the Ferozepur police booked Jaspal Singh alias Jimmy Sandhu, local BJYM president, party circle president Gurcharan Singh and one Lakhwinder Singh on the charges of forgery and under Sections 8 and 9 of Prevention of Corruption Act.
The three had been booked for allegedly receiving a huge amount to save drug and weapon smuggling accused Amritpal Singh and family members including wife Jagdeep Kaur.
Even though the FIR names DSP Sekhon and Katora, they were not booked with the police claiming that their role was under the scanner.
Jimmy, incidentally, faces another case of allegedly taking `15 lakh from Manoj Abrol and Raju Khatter to help Manoj, a clerk in the arm licence branch at the local DC office. Manoj had been booked for preparing fake arm licences.
That the money did actually change hands was discovered on Friday when the Ferozepur police arrested Lakhwinder and claim to have recovered `14 lakh from him. Lakha is in three-day police remand.