Six days on, police yet to start probe
The Punjab police often act swiftly against the common man, but when it comes to acting against their own, this rule becomes not applicable.
Though the police registered a case against four serving and a retired police officer for abuse of power in patwari frame-up case after a delay of almost one month, it has failed to take any step forward for six days now.
"I have not gone through the entire record of the case to start any proceedings. Inquiry report has been with us, but we are awaiting the other record related to case," said SP Raghubir Singh, who has been appointed the investigating officer by the DGP in this case.
He admitted that the police had so far not even recorded the statement of complainant patwari Mohan Singh under section 161 of Cr.PC. "We will record it very soon," the SP told HT, clarifying that the delay was procedural. "We have to issue summons to all the accused," he said.
Ironically, the police usually conduct raids to arrest the accused after registration of an FIR. But in this case, police have not moved so far.
The FIR is registered against Vigilance Bureau (VB) joint director (administration) Surinder Pal Singh, former VB SSP (Patiala) Shiv Kumar Sharma, former VB SSP (Ferozepur) Jaspal Singh, former VB SP Banarsi Das and inspector Isher Singh.
Upset over the police attitude, patwari Mohan Singh said the Patwar Union of Punjab would protest against the government on August 31. "First the chief secretary held the report back for two months, then the CM office took one month to clear it, followed by one-month delay at the DGP office and now police have not moved a single step. It speaks volumes about the influence that the accused enjoys in the administration. Thus, we have decided to hold a protest against the Punjab police and the government," said Mohan Singh.
"Police detains a common man even before a case is registered, but in this case not even a single officer has been arrested even though a case has been registered," he said. Even the government has failed to suspend the officer, as this case relates to misuse of officials powers, he added.
He said he was already contemplating moving the high court to seek a CBI probe in the case.
Ironically, police registered a case under sections 211, 167, 355 and 506 of IPC on August 23 at Ferozepur, where Mohan Singh was kept in detention in a false paddy scam case registered against him.