Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurbans Singh Bains, who was arrested by the SAS Nagar police on Thursday for abusing his official position to obtain illegal gratification, has a controversial past going by his record.
Fond of luxury and expensive cars and watches, Bains had faced a departmental enquiry for possessing the same, when he was posted in Khanna as an inspector.
However, his fellow police officials are stunned at his arrest and dismissal from service. They are also suspecting some highly-placed officers or politicians behind the action.
Sources said Bains, nearly a month ago, when he was deputed in the crime branch at Ludhiana as assistant commissioner of police (ACP), had a heated argument with a SAD rebel and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh Bains over some issue. Later, he was transferred to SAS Nagar.
In his 24-year-long career as a police officer, he has spent most of his time in Ludhiana and its surrounding areas. When Bains joined the force as assistant subinspector (ASI), he was one of the blue-eyed boys of the senior officials.
Though he had played a major role in solving cases involving heinous crime including the murder of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monika Kapila Bajaj and arrest of Ludhiana acid attack case accused, yet controversies followed him.
He was dismissed from service in 1995 for the first time, when he was deputed in Barnala as SHO. An inquiry was ordered against him following a controversy with a SAD MLA and the department had dismissed him from service. After nearly 3 years, he was reinstated.
In 2008, Bains again landed in a controversy when he purchased a car costing 24 lakh. He was then deputed as incharge of CIA staff at Khanna police district. The then senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Khanna Sukhwinder Singh Mann had ordered a departmental inquiry against him.
Before 2007, he was also involved in a controversy when Nawanshahr (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar) police had ordered an inquiry against him following the statement of members of a vehicle-lifting gang.
The gang members, in their statement, had told the police that Bains had recovered luxury vehicles from them, but had not shown them in the police record. Later, Bains was cleared in the inquiry.
Meanwhile, police commissioner of Ludhiana Paramjit Singh Gill, said the Ludhiana police have handed over the cash and other belongings of Bains recovered from his bank lockers to the SAS Nagar police.
He said, the Ludhiana police were not inquiring the case separately. If approached, they would assist the SAS Nagar police in the investigations.