EOW graft case: Suspended S-I questions ‘CBI trap’

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2016 13:02 IST
The suspended sub-inspector Surinder Bhardwaj (HT File Photo)

In the alleged bribery case of Rs 75 lakh in which the then DSP (EOW) and S-I were nabbed by the CBI, has taken a new twist with the suspended sub-inspector Surinder Bhardwaj writing a letter from the Burail jail to CBI director, demanding re-investigation in the case. In his letter, the S-I has alleged that he was implicated in the case and was behind bars without any fault or documentary evidence.

CBI took remand on frivolous grounds

In the letter, he stated that the CBI had sought four-day remand of all accused, including DSP RC Meena, S-I Surinder Bhardwaj and two businessmen on August 14, saying that the accused did not cooperate and did not disclose names of other officials involved in the conspiracy. After that, the CBI also claimed to take voice samples of the accused.

In the letter, Bhardwaj alleged that they took remand on false and frivolous grounds without any evidence that amounted to perjury as there was no evidence to prove acceptance of ` 40 lakh from complainant Guneet Kaur. He further alleged that there was no conversation recorded between him and any of the co-accused and the complainant at any point of time, including period of verification and trap proceedings.

‘Opposition of bail in court was a major concern’

He alleged that the CBI had opposed his bail in the court, saying that the accused had not sent notice to the complainant’s parents (who were booked by the EOW in a fraud case in which he was the investigating officer) under Section 160 CrPC, whereas he claimed that the accused who are required to be arrested for custodial probe, did not require any notice.

He further alleged that in other bail, the CBI had opposed, saying that the call details and exchange of SMSs clearly established that he was frequently in contact with co-accused businessmen Sanjay Dahuja and Aman Grover.

Whereas he alleged that agency failed to produce any evidence or document of SMSes and moreover, it admitted that there was no conversation with the complainant.

‘UT officials seemed to be under CBI pressure’

In the letter, he wrote that on November 9, the CBI had sought sanction for prosecuting him under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 and it was sanctioned by SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill and IGP office on the same days. He said it showed the great influence, fear and threat of the CBI upon senior UT police officials.

What CBI says

A senior CBI official, seeking anonymity, said they had already submitted challan in the case and a proper probe had been conducted in the case.

What S-I’s counsel says

Counsel SPS Bhullar said they have first approached the CBI officers for thorough investigation and further they would approach the court.

The case

On August 13, the CBI had arrested DSP, EOW, RC Meena and UT police S-I Surinder Bhardwaj for allegedly seeking a bribe of Rs 40 lakh from daughter of the owner of SAS Nagarbased Chawla petrol pump.

The CBI had also arrested two businessmen — owner of KLG Hotel, Sector 43, Aman Grover and Berkely Retails Limited MD Sanjay Dahuja — for aiding the accused.

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