The Police Complaints Authority (PCA), on Friday, asked the inspector general of Chandigarh police to take strict action against a sub-inspector and lodge a first-information report (FIR) against a group of property dealers in a case of property grab by fraud, forgery and fabrication.
The PCA found that the misconduct of sub-inspector Sheesh Pal, posted in the economic offences wing, apparent in the case.
The property dispute
In a complaint filed by one Amarjeet Singh and his wife, Parminder Kaur, they said they were staying in house no 2366, Sector 35-C. The property was owned by their aunt (massi) Gian Kaur, an issueless war widow. She gave the house for re-construction under a MoU to a group of property dealers, including Vijay Kumar Bansal, Gurminder Singh and Rajesh Sofat.
As per the MoU, she gave ownership of 50% share (basement and ground floor) of the house to the couple who are complainant in the case.
However, in their complaint they alleged that property dealer Gurminder Singh managed to prepare some papers in his favour without their consent and knowledge. On the basis of forged documents, he also filed an application in the UT estate office for a no-objection certificate (NOC) claiming the 50% share of the property, which belonged to the complainants.
After the couple was intimated by the estate office, they moved a complaint to the estate office and the latter refused to issue NOC to the property dealer.
The couple also sent a criminal complaint to the SSP, DIG and estate office. An inquiry was marked to sub-inspector Sheesh Pal of the economic offences wing at the Sector 17 police station. Acting on the order, he initiated an inquiry but took no effective and immediate action, the PCA order said.
It added that initially, Pal called it a case of civil nature and did not verify facts from the complainants. “Gurminder Singh has already filed a civil suit for specific performance of contract against the complainants but he has not filed the original documents even after they put forward an application,” the PCA order said.
'Cop violated SC mandate'
Maintaining that it is no doubt a serious case, the PCA further said it was necessary and incumbent upon the police to register FIR under Section 154 of the CrPC for alleged offences of fraud and forgery.
“Sub-inspector Sheesh Pal has violated the mandatory provision of Section 154, CrPC, and also the mandate of the Supreme Court. His conduct is not fair, just and upright. By not registering a case, he is protecting Gurminder Singh. His misconduct is apparent,” the order said.
The order further requested the UT IGP to order registration of a case and also take strict disciplinary action against sub-inspector Sheesh Pal.