Before the latest embarrassment of being interrogated by the enforcement directorate (ED) in a case about the supply of synthetic drug ICE, inspector general (IG) of police (Bathinda zone) Paramraj Singh Umranangal has been in many controversies before.
The 1995-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, grandson of three-time Akali legisalator and former minister Jiwan Singh, was recruited in Punjab Police on compassionate grounds as deputy superintendent in 1987 after militants killed his father, Sukhdev Singh.
On December 5, 2012, he was suspended as the deputy inspector general (boarder range) in Amritsar for mysterious reasons. The suspension order stated that he had “not performed his duties efficiently and created indiscipline in the border range”; and even though he was reinstated in February 2013, the reason for suspension was never made public.
As the DIG in Ferozepur Range in October 2012, made a blunder in the Shruti abduction case of Faridkot city by releasing the marriage photographs of the minor victim to the press to justify that she had eloped with accused Nishan Singh of her own will. After this, he was transferred to the border range.
He faces trial in the Punjab and Haryana high court in the Sukhpal Singh fake encounter case of 1994 when he was DSP in Rupnagar. In June, 2013, the victim’s widow, Dalbir Kaur, 37, of Kala Afghana village in Gurdaspur district, demanded from the court that the case be moved to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The next hearing is on August 25.
In the drug case in which he appeared before the ED on Monday, his name was on the mobile-phone contact list of ICE supplier Raja Kandola, and the record suggested they were in continuous touch over telephone. Sources in the ED said that during grilling, the IG had denied any links with Kandola but the latter had stated certain senior police official had been regular guests at his Samrala farmhouse.
When asked about the grill session, Ummrangal, who appeared before the ED on Monday and left office around 5pm, denied that he had been interrogated.