The statements of 11 more inmates recorded by the special investigation team (SIT) formed to investigate the charges of drug smuggling and extortion, point the finger of suspicion at assistant superintendent of police (jail) Karamjit Singh Bhullar.
Bhullar, who was recently arrested by the Faridkot police for his alleged involvement in smuggling of drugs into the jail by an inmate from August 2012 to June 2013, was also booked by the Kapurthala police for supplying narcotics to inmates and extorting money from them by threatening them.
Following information of the then Kapurthala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ashish Choudhary about smuggling of drugs into jail, an additional deputy general of police (prisons) RP Meena assigned the case to DIG (prisons) LS Jakhar.
The DIG then recorded statements of nine inmates during his visit to jail on July 19 and ordered a case against the ASP on July 31.
Later, the Kapurthala police had formed a three-member SIT comprising superintendent of police (SP investigation) Jagjit Singh Saroya, deputy superintendent of police (DSP special branch) Sarabjit Rai and CIA in charge Ravinder Singh for further investigations.
Sources in the police department said that the SIT has recorded statements of 11 other inmates of the jail, who have also accused Bhullar of taking money from inmates to transfer them from chaki (isolated room for punishment) to barracks.
“Inmates have also alleged that he used to sell drugs with the help of some other prisoners lodged in the jail,” an official said.
On the other hand, Gurjeet Kaur Bhullar, wife of the ASP when contacted said that jail authorities are hatching a conspiracy against her husband. She said he was being implicated so that he cannot expose Rs 97 crore Metro scam of which he had sought an information from jail authorities through Right to Information (RTI) Act.
“Somehow my husband had managed to get an interim bail from the high court. To threaten him not to expose the scam of purchasing goods for jail canteens without following tendering process, authorities have now registered a fresh case against him in the Faridkot jail and arrested him,” she said.
Gurjeet said as per jail canteen rules, it is mandatory to float tenders and after bidding process suitable company should be selected, but since 2012, goods for canteens of entire state jails are being purchased from Metro only.
“The state information commission has given us next date of November 10 for providing documents demanded by my husband from jail authorities and only then the scam will be exposed,” she said.
Jagjit Singh Saroya, SP (I) said that the investigation is under process and Bhullar has to join the SIT on October 3, but he couldn’t join the hearing as he was arrested by the Faridkot police.
“We will record his statements when Bhullar will again join the investigation, when he will be brought to the high court on next date of hearing,” he added.
Bhullar joins investigation, handed over evidence of his innocence before SIT
Suspended assistant superintendent of police (jails) Karamjit Singh Bhullar, who was recently arrested by the Faridkot police for his alleged involvement in smuggling of drugs into jail, has joined investigation in Kapurthala on Tuesday.
Bhullar was brought by the Faridkot police to Kapurthala for his hearing before the special investigation team (SIT) in case registered under the charge of supplying narcotic substances to jail inmates and extorting money from inmates by threatening them.
Police officials said that he has handed over the evidence of his innocence to the SIT during the hearing.
SP (I) Jagjit Singh Saroya said police will produce the case file and evidence handed over by Bhullar before the high court on October 8.