'Protest' resignation accepted, inspector on 2-month notice
The UT police department has accepted the resignation of inspector Amanjot Singh, who was accused of insubordination, amid controversy. Sources told HT that some officers, who were coaxing others to put in their papers in protest against holding of two departmental inquiries against the inspector, have also been reprimanded by the top brass.
Amanjot, who was posted with the crime branch, has now been transferred to the Police Lines, which means he will not be engaged in active policing.
Amanjot, 39, is facing two departmental inquiries for insubordination. He had put in his papers in protest after a probe was marked on the complaint of ASP (central) Des Raj, who had stated that Amanjot had not obeyed his orders and had misbehaved with him. This is for the first time in the recent past that an officer of inspector rank has resigned in protest over a departmental inquiry.
Quoting the Punjab Police rules, applicable to Chandigarh, a senior officer said a cop, who puts in his papers, has to either serve a two-month notice or surrender salary for the same period to get relieved immediately. He can also withdraw his papers during this period.
Amanjot, in his resignation letter on May 22, stated that he was being victimised and that SSP Naunihal Singh and ASP Des Raj were behind this.
The resignation was accepted after deliberations and meetings that continued throughout Thursday. The top brass was of the view that efficiency did not give anyone "the right to misbehave". "We wanted to send out a clear message that anyone who resigns, will also be dealt with as per rules," said an officer.
Before the acceptance of the resignation, the top brass also reportedly held a session with Amanjot's supporters and senior officers over their inability to deter Amanjot from launching a protest. The issue of not giving Amanjot a hearing was also discussed.
The resignation was forwarded through his immediate superior, DSP (crime) Satbir Singh, and he was finally not given a hearing, as he had not approached the SSP. Moreover, the SSP was an "affected party" as allegations of bias were levelled against him. Amanjot did not receive a hearing by IGP PK Srivastava either, as he did not seek an audience with the IGP. Srivastava said, "The resignation was accepted as per rules."