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After taking one-and-a-half-month in probing the matter, Faridkot police have charged Bathinda DSP Gurjit Singh Romana of ‘wrongly’ proposing the cancellation of ‘rightly’ registered NDPS Act FIR in the infamous Nehianwala drugs case.
Approving the Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh’s investigation report, Bathinda zone Inspector General of Police M S Chhina on Wednesday directed the Nehiwanwala SHO to re-arrest the accused, as finding lapses in police proceedings he had got bail from the court. The IG also asked the SHO to put up challan in the court of law to get him punished.As the cancellation report prepared by the DSP was further approved by Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla, a 2007-batch IPS officer, the IGP also marked a parallel inquiry to DIG Ashish Chaudhary to ascertain the connivance of all police officials in this infamous case.
With rumours flying thick and fast about huge amounts of money having exchanged hands in this case, Chaudhary has been directed to submit his report within 10 days.
As per the case details, Sukhwinder Kaur, a sub-inspector posted at Nehianwala police station, acting upon a tip-off conducted raid at the residential premises of a Goniana resident Gobind Gupta on April 10, this year. During the search, police recovered 1,530 tablets of three different habit-forming drugs.On his failure to produce the mandatory sale-purchase records, police seized the material and arrested the person in question, in the presence of Bathinda drug inspector Sheshan Mittal. A case against him was registered under the NDPS Act.
However, within a week Bhucho DSP Gurjit Singh Romana, under whose jurisdiction the police station was falling, prepared the cancellation report, quoting the drug inspector stating that the accused was a registered chemist and had a valid licence to sale purchase such medicines.
Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla also approved the cancellation report for paving way to get it tendered in the court of law.
However, the development came as a shock for the woman sub-inspector, who had registered the case. The matter then reached the Bathinda zone IGP M S Chhina, who was also apprised of the fact that while preparing the cancellation report the senior officers didn’t even bother to make her join the proceedings.Finding it a serious issue, the IGP marked an investigation to Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh, who is otherwise two years junior to Naveen Singla, with also mentioning that the matter should be thoroughly probed by a officer not less than an Superintendent of Police. In compliance with the orders, Nanak assigned the task to Faridkot SP (Investigation) Sewa Singh Malhi.
The investigation report, which has reached the IGP office on Wednesday, categorically states that the FIR was rightly registered, with also mentioning that cancellation report of the same was prepared wrongly. While going into the details, the investigation officials of Faridkot found that Bathinda (Bhucho) DSP Gurjit Singh Romana violated various norms and rules while preparing the FIR cancellation report.While Gurjit Singh Romana, who is now posted as Bathinda (City) DSP, didn’t respond to the repeated calls made to him, Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla said, “I have learnt that the report has reached the IGP office but till now I have not been communicated anything.”
About his approval on the FIR cancellation report, which was ‘wrongly’ prepared by the DSP, the district top cop said, “After the case registration a group of people from Goniana, including local MLA, had come to me stating that the person booked in the case was not guilty. So, going by their demand, I marked the inquiry to DSP Gurjit Singh Romana, who found the case wrongly registered and then prepared FIR cancellation report, which I signed in routine.”
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