Chandigarh: SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, whose deputation period is otherwise set to end in December this year, is all set to get extension for one more year. Interestingly, the Punjab government has reportedly given clearance for the same and now the UT Administration has to process the case further to get approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
A 2003-batch IPS officer, Gill had superseded Naunihal Singh in December 2013 for three years. With no major controversy during his past about two-and-a-half year tenure in the Union Territory, Gill carries good repute among Punjab and UT cadre. Notably, before getting selected for his Chandigarh assignment, an MBBS by academics Sukhchain had served two politically hot districts of Punjab-Ludhiana and Bathinda as district police chief, apart from accomplishing different tasks and assignments. He was posted as SSP Hoshiarpur when shifted to Chandigarh in 2013.
Though Gill denied divulging the details, highly-placed sources in the state’s home department informed that he was willing to get his deputation period extended for one more year and after verifying his track record, the state cleared his case for the same. “Though things have been moving the way Sukhchain would have desired, still there is many a slip between the cup and the lips,” said a senior police officer of Punjab dealing with deputation matters.
Highly-placed sources inform that accepting his request, Punjab has given clearance for extension after his current deputation period ends in December
With reasons best known to the persons concerned, Punjab Police headquarters is these days active with the rumours on the issue. If some are hopeful of Sukhchain getting extension, there is another group of police officers that is busy spreading news about the creation of a three-member Punjab cadre IPS officers’ panel for the replacement of him.
According to rumour-mongers, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Bathinda SSP Swapan Sharma and Hoshiarpur SSP Kuldeep Chahal are the three names which have been put in the panel for the choice of UT Administration to select one among them to supersede Sukhchain Singh Gill.
Though Chahal couldn’t be contacted, Sharma and Bhullar, speaking over the phone, outrightly rejected having any information about such development. It’s learnt that the state DGP office has not even asked for their willingness yet for moving out on deputation.
While clarifying the things further, a senior police official also informed that the chances of three were too bleak as of now as Chahal and Sharma were yet to complete the minimum period of nine years in service for the position and Bhullar is a promotee IPS.
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