A day after Sangrur police suspended station house officer (SHO) Sanjeev Goyal, posted at the award-winning police station in Bhawanigarh, the local police registered corruption case against three persons including the SHO, suspended police reader and middleman in Sangrur on Tuesday.
Minutes after registration of the case at Sangrur city police station on Tuesday, the accused SHO, namely, Sanjeev Goyal and middleman Devi Lal, also a manager at a branch of HDFC bank in Sangrur, has been immediately arrested, while the suspended reader of deputy superintendent of police (rural) Davinder Singh is still on the run.
Goyal has been accused of taking Rs 80,000 in bribe, while Davinder allegedly took Rs 55,000 for registration of a cheating case against Harwinder Singh, a resident of Nabha, who duped a Sangrur resident of Rs 7 lakh.
Police have registered a case under Section 7/8/9/13 (1) D (11) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered. Senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said, "We will present both the accused in court to get their police remand to carry out detailed investigation in the case."
"Director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini took serious note of the corruption by the SHO and directed us to instantly take action for such indiscipline on the part of the cops," he said.
Police have also recovered the bribe money amounting to Rs 1,35,000 from the accused cops, who had yesterday confessed their crime in a written statement to police.
Sidhu added that DSP Sunam Sukhdev Singh Virk has been entrusted investigation officer for the case. "We will investigate in detail how the SHO came in contact with SHO and reader of DSP (r) and whether they have carried out such things together", Sidhu said.
Goyal brought shame to Bhawanigarh police station, which was adjudged the best police station for police services and accountable policing among 396 police stations in Punjab, Chandigarh, Assam and Meghalaya by Altus Global Alliance, an autonomous body working across continents from a multicultural perspective to improve public safety and justice.
In August, during a global conference on police station reforms in Nairobi in Kenya, it was also adjudged among the best police stations in Asia.
Ironically, Goyal, who has been serving in the police station for years, reportedly gave a presentation on that occasion.
"Superintendent of police Paramjit Singh Goraya has directed to carry out detailed inquiry on the basis of which departmental action will be taken against the accused cops. He will submit the report within a month to senior police officials," the SSP said.
Karnail Singh, a resident of Sangrur, had complained to SSP Sidhu against Harwinder Singh, a resident of Nabha, for duping him of Rs 7 lakh, following which Sidhu marked the case to the DSP (R) for holding an inquiry.
Despite several representations to the DSP (R) office, no case was registered. Following this, Karnail took the help of Devi Lal, manager of a private bank, and initiated talk with accused reader Davinder to register a case.
The case was registered on September 19, 2012 at Sangrur Sadar police station, for which Davinder was paid Rs 55,000.With no arrest in the case despite registration of the FIR, Karnail called Devi Lal, a suspected middleman, to again take up the matter with Davinder, but Devi instead asked him to approach Sanjeev Goyal with whom Devi shared a cordial relationship.
"The deal was stuck at Rs 80,000 with Sanjeev, which Karnail paid to Devi Lal on November 2. However, Devi Lal gave Rs 25,000 to Sanjeev, promising to give him the remaining amount after the job," SSP said.Finding no solution in the case, Karnail filed another complaint with the Sangrur SSP in which he mentioned giving bribe to both the cops.