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Moga SSP in the dock: Drug seizure case diary found ‘tampered’ with

In his petition against the STF, the SSP said when he was summoned to join probe in June, he was coerced to give statements contrary to facts.

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2017 12:24 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Moga SSP,Drug case,NDPS
SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal(HT File)

Some pages of the case diary written by the investigating officer in the alleged drug recovery from Punjab Police inspector Inderjit Singh have been found tampered with, giving a new twist to the high-profile case in which Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal’s name had cropped up.

Three pages of the case diary, dated June 18 and signed by a judicial magistrate, surfaced on social media on Saturday, carrying details of questioning of the senior superintendent of police.

The diary (called zimni), written by special task force (STF) additional inspector general (AIG) of police Mukhwinder Singh, has details of questioning of the SSP about his link with Inderjit, who was nabbed with 4kg heroin by an STF team in Kapurthala on June 12.

Inderjit, who was posted as CIA in-charge in Kapurthala, was dismissed from service.

Interestingly, one of the pages in the diary (written on computer) shows that the numbering of paragraphs has been changed manually after erasing the original number.

The belt number of Inderjit and the post of the investigating officer (AIG) were also found to be tampered with on the page.

Also, the details of questioning of Raj Jit is confusing in the case diary.

In the beginning of the paragraph, Raj Jit is quoted saying that he never received any money or gift from Inderjit but in the very next line he says he had made Inderjit take an oath that the money being given to him (SSP) was not drug money, thus creating a contradiction.

The SSP, who has already moved the Punjab and Haryana high court alleging the STF was trying to implicate him in the case following which a bench on Friday handed over the case to a new SIT, claimed that “few paras could be added later on in the case dairy to frame him”.

“One can only see why I have to move the court to get relief. I have full faith in the law of the land and I will get justice,” said Raj Jit when contacted by HT.

In his petition, the SSP said when he was summoned to join probe in June, he was coerced to give certain statements which were contrary to facts.

He claimed that theSTF head additional director general of police (ADGP) Harpreet Sidhuwas biased against him and wanted to implicate him. Also, he has demanded that the investigation be shifted to some other agency. Notably, the Punjab government through its advocate general has also supported his demand for shifting the case.

Sidhu, however, denied all allegations of tampering with the diary.

“I found from my inquiry from the AIG, who prepared the diary, that numbers and some information typed wrongly in the computer were corrected manually. Raj Jit was questioned by a panel of four senior officials of the STF. Anybody can get the document’s authenticity checked from any agency,” said Sidhu, when contacted by HT.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 10:32 IST