Court sends arrested SP in two-day police custody
A local Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court sent SP (city) Deshraj Singh in police custody for two days on Friday afternoon, with the central investigation agency contending that the custodial interrogation of the accused Indian Police Service officer was necessary to probe into the role and share of other senior officers in the bribe money allegedly seized from him.chandigarh Updated: Oct 20, 2012 15:22 IST
A local Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court sent SP (city) Deshraj Singh in police custody for two days on Friday afternoon, with the central investigation agency contending that the custodial interrogation of the accused Indian Police Service officer was necessary to probe into the role and share of other senior officers in the bribe money allegedly seized from him.
SP (City) Deshraj Singh, an IPS officer of 2008 batch who was holding the additional charge of SP (Headquarters), was arrested by CBI sleuths on Thursday night in a trap while he was allegedly accepting illegal gratification of Rs 1 lakh from Chandigarh police inspector Anokh Singh, SHO of Sector 26 police station, for getting him a clean chit in inquiries pending against him.
"The accused had assured the complainant (Anokh Singh) to help him in departmental inquiries. The accused assured of making all arrangements for the complainant. Despite repeated questioning, the accused officer has not disclosed the names of persons who were to share the bribe money," CBI counsel MM Sharma told the court.
"In the recorded conversation, the accused SP has assured the complainant that he has already talked to additional SP (Indian Reserve Battalion) Shiv Charan Singh, who is conducting the enquiries. We need to investigate what arrangements have been made by the accused as assured by him," submitted the CBI counsel.
The defence vehemently opposed the CBI contentions. "What arrangement is the CBI talking about? They are using vague terms, as there is no inquiry against the complainant with him (Deshraj).
There can be no arrangements as all the statements of other officials have already been recorded. He (Deshraj) is the complainant and there cannot be any arrangement that he is both the complainant and the investigating officer," defence counsel Vishal Garg Narwana contended.
Demanding the dismissal of CBI plea for police remand, Narwana, said, "Deshraj has been falsely implicated. The departmental inquiry was initiated on the complaint of Deshraj. There are no independent witnesses to the alleged demand and acceptance of Rs 1 lakh as bribe. All witnesses in the inquiry (against Anokh Singh) had been examined. So, the question of making arrangements does not arise at all."
"The CBI has just made it a prestige issue to take an IPS officer on remand to add another feather to its cap. They have already taken voice samples. The CBI has failed to clearly state how he demanded money and how he accepted it? Who are the shadow witnesses and why were they not there when the money was handed over to the SP?"
Special CBI judge Vimal Kumar, taking into consideration the conversation recorded on October 18 between Anokh Singh and Deshraj, regarding inquiry, sent the arrested IPS officer in police custody for two days as against the CBI demand for three-day remand.
Earlier, Deshraj was produced by the CBI in the special court at about 3.30pm.
No demand for bribe on phone, says FIR
Though the CBI produced recorded conversations wherein the accused and the complainant talked about the inquiry and Deshraj reportedly informed that he had completed the probe proceedings, the FIR says that no demand for money was made by the accused on phone.
The arrested IPS officer and inspector Anokh Singh had telephonic talks on two occasions in October but no demand or offer of bribe was made.
On the other hand, Anokh Singh in his complaint to the CBI said that he had received a call on October 5, 2012, from the SP who allegedly said, "Police station ke bare mein kuch baat karni hai, shaam ko ghar aa jao." Anokh Singh claimed that he went to the SP's house in Sector 23 where the latter demanded Rs 5 lakh as bribe and assured him that he would not harass the inspector in the name of inquiries if the money were paid. Finally, the complainant alleged, the bribe amount was settled at Rs 2 lakh.
Anokh Singh also claimed that he again received call from Deshraj on October 12, directing him to come to his Sector 9 office. Anokh Singh claimed to the CBI that when he reached the SP office, the IPS officer demanded the bribe. Anokh Singh alleged that he expressed his inability to pay the demanded money and said that he could pay only Rs 1 lakh.
Court decorum goes for toss
When SP (city) Deshraj was produced by the CBI in the special court, it was jampacked with advocates, media persons and curious onlookers. Caring two hoots for observance of decorum in the courtroom, many people were seen standing on chairs meant for lawyers, benches and even trunks containing records of CBI court.
UT policemen too eager for updates
UT police officials kept making frantic cell phone calls to media persons throughout the day to inquire about the latest developments in the Deshraj case. Even during the court proceedings, the mobile phones of several scribes did not stop ringing as officials wanted to remain updated.
ASP washes his hands of the matter
Additional SP (Indian Reserve Battalion) Shiv Charan Singh, who is conducting two inquiries against inspector Anokh Singh, refused to have anything to do with the case. Expressing ignorance that his name had cropped up during CBI arguments to seek police remand of SP (city) Deshraj. Shiv Charan Singh said, "Mere kya lena dena hai is mein? The CBI has already taken all inquiry reports from me. I do not know what was said in the court."
Conversation recorded on Oct 18
SHO: Meri toh bus inquiry dekh lena.
SP Deshraj: Meri statements hi rehti hain.
SHO: Shiv Charan ne bulaya.
SP: Main dekh loonga.
SHO: Meri promotion bhi hai.
SP: Tum logon ko meri baat samajh nahin aati!
SHO: Arrangement kar liya.
SP: Sham ko ghar aa jana.