Have no faith in police, shift inquiry to CBI: Patwari Mohan Singh
Saying that he had no faith in the Punjab police, patwari Mohan Singh demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be entrusted the probe against the police officials booked for abuse of power in the patwari frame-up case.punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2012 21:11 IST
Saying that he had no faith in the Punjab police, patwari Mohan Singh demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be entrusted the probe against the police officials booked for abuse of power in the patwari frame-up case.
Mohan Singh even refused to depose before investigation officer SP RS Sandhu, who summoned him for recording his statement. Instead, he wrote to the chief minister demanding that the probe be handed over to the CBI.
In his letter to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the patwari said the entire police force is helping the accused, which is why he wasn't expecting a fair probe in the case. "First, the police didn't impose relevant sections of IPC in the case to help the accused. Now almost 10 days after the case was registered, the investigations haven't started," he complained.
He even questioned the role of DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and said how were the police expected to act against officials who have been on top posts in the vigilance department, once headed by Saini.
Even in the inquiry report, joint director, vigilance, Surinderpal Singh, who was booked in case, admitted having done all this on the directions of the head office. And that time, Saini was heading the VB, he said. "Even the inquiry officer is facing an inquiry in a similar matter. How can I expect him to do justice with me? And besides, how can an SP-rank officer inquire against officers senior to him and presently serving on prime postings," he questioned.
He said as all the accused were highly influential officers, only CBI would be able to bring out the truth in the case. He also demanded security for himself, saying he feared for his life.
It is pertinent to mention that the police registered a case against Vigilance Bureau joint director Surinderpal Singh, former SSP Shiv Kumar Verma, SSP Jaspal Singh, SP Banarsi Das, inspector Isher Singh, while the role of SSP Surjit Singh Grewal was under scanner. While serving in the vigilance, these officers had framed patwari Mohan Singh in a false case after he demanded Rs 20 as official fee for mutation record from former SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma.
Despite several attempts, investigation officer SP RS Sandhu could not be contacted for comments.
First Published: Sep 03, 2012 21:09 IST