Chandigarh police curtail SP Roshan Lal’s powers

The department is taking action after two years of his on rank promotion.

punjab Updated: Jan 26, 2018 00:00 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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SP Roshan Lal

Curtailing powers of superintendent of police (communications), Roshan Lal, the Chandigarh Police have withdrawn his powers of ordering any disciplinary proceeding against the subordinate staff.

A recipient of the President’s police medal for meritorious services as well as administrator’s police medal for meritorious and distinguished services, Lal, was holding charge of SP (communications) additional charge commandant Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), SP (law and order) along with additional charge DSP CID.

“Lal was given on rank promotion (ORP) in 2015. His powers were withdrawn considering the technicalities, as he cannot issue any disciplinary proceedings, thus the SP headquarters have been designated with the powers,” said a senior police official requesting anonymity. The department is taking action after two years of his promotion, and only when an inquiry is on looking into the allegations of ‘cash for leave’ in IRB.

Share of controversies

In September last year, his name came up in the complaint alleging ‘cash for leave’ in IRB. In an anonymous letter, an IRB constable had alleged that they are forced to pay between ₹7,000 to ₹15,000 to senior officials for marking their presence when they are on leave. The complaint was made to the director general of police (DGP) Tajender Singh Luthra. In the complaint a few personnel posted at the IRB, who allegedly collected money to be given to a senior officer, were named. The letter also names the constables who paid the money and received full salary even when on leave.

Continues to be operational head

“All the disciplinary matter including criminal /corruption cases, prosecution sanction and other such legal issues pertaining to IRB, communications and CID will be henceforth dealt by SP headquarters, Eish Singhal,” read the order, issued on January 19, by DGP Tajender Singh Luthra.

This means that Lal continues to be the operational head of — communication wing of Chandigarh, CID and IRB but will not be able to take any disciplinary action against his subordinates. Lal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Rose through ranks

In 2015, Roshan Lal, benefiting from the new promotion policy approved by the UT administration, was promoted to the rank of superintendent of police (communications). He was given an ORP (on rank promotion) as per the new promotion policy approved in July 2015. He was promoted as per the notification issued by the UT administration on July 31, stating that the DSPs, who are otherwise fit for promotion and have completed 12 years of service as DSP will be granted ORP and be re-designated as SP.

Lal had joined the UT police as a constable on December 14, 1979, and later changed his line to wireless cadre in 1983. He was promoted to the rank of DSP in 2003.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 12:52 IST