Caste row: Panel favours FIR against Ambala-P’kula police commissioner
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), Chandigarh, has recommended FIR against commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, Ajay Singhal for alleged harassment and humiliation on the complaint of Dalit IPS officer Y Puran Kumar. But Haryana director general of police (DGP) SN Vashisht wants to get an inquiry done by vigilance.chandigarh Updated: Aug 23, 2014 10:11 IST
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), Chandigarh, has recommended FIR against commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, Ajay Singhal for alleged harassment and humiliation on the complaint of Dalit IPS officer Y Puran Kumar. But Haryana director general of police (DGP) SN Vashisht wants to get an inquiry done by vigilance.
“We will resolve the issue internally. We have written to the government for inquiry by vigilance,” said Vashisht during an interaction with the media at the ITBP training centre, Bhanu, on Friday.
As per information procured under the RTI Act, in its letter to the DGP Haryana, dated August 5, the NCSC says, “It is to inform that on July 14, the petitioner (Kumar) has requested for registration of FIR under SC&ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and even after the expiry of 20 days, the FIR is not registered. It is worth to bring to your knowledge, that, a FIR is to be registered immediately, as per recent guidelines of the Supreme Court and as per SC&ST (PAO) Act. But in this case, the Haryana Police have not registered the FIR, on the request of petitioner, which attracts section 4 of the Act.” The section 4 attracts penal action against a public servant who neglects his duties required to be performed under the SC&ST Act.
The NCSC also called for action-taken report within a week, but it was not sent. The recommendation of NCSC was in response to DGP Vashisht’s August 4 letter where he informed that he had written to the Haryana government for inquiring into the matter by the state vigilance bureau.
Earlier, KK Sharma, additional director general of police (ADGP) administration; and BS Sandhu, managing director, Haryana Police Housing Corporation; had already recused from carrying out inquiry in the issue.
Singhal did not respond to the calls and SMSes.
While serving as Panchkula deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Puran Kumar filed a complaint to the DGP and the NCSC on June 17 that Singhal, who was his immediate boss, “made personal abusive comments” on him and called him a “clerk” knowing very well that he is an IPS officer of 2001 batch who has put in 13 years of service. He also alleged that Singhal called him “names” in a derogatory manner.
In his second complaint filed on July 14, Kumar asked for transfer of Singhal from the post of CP for allegedly threatening witnesses in the case. He further alleged that reader to the Panchkula DCP, sub-inspector Sube Singh was threatened and transferred, who was a witness in the case and steno in DCP office was also harassed. He called for registration of FIR under section 3 of the SC&ST (POA) Act against Singhal and also accused the DGP of not acting in a fair manner.
Singhal had written against Kumar over gherao of CM’s residence by teachers in Chandigarh. In his letter, dated July 14, Kumar pointed out, “Singhal’s claim to have coordinated with Chandigarh Police is part of his official duty, when he could transfer all SHOs, inspectors, in-charge of police posts and all other police personnel up to the rank of other ranks multiple times during his tenure, how could he feel that it is not his duty, but only that of the Panchkula DCP to handle an emergent law and order situation.”
Kumar had gone on leave after he made the complaint and was then transferred.