Chandigarh – In the high-profile meeting that was awaited since DGP (HRD) S Chattopadhyaya on Friday accused the top cop of the state DGP Suresh Arora and another colleague DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court of being allegedly involved in an infamous drug racket he was investigating, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with all DGPs and ADGPs of the state. Notably, DGP Sumedh Singh Saini remained absent from the meeting.Expressing his annoyance over the recent development, which invited bad name for the state police as well as the state government for top cops running after each other’s blood, the CM ordered the top brass of the state police to put an immediate end to fighting their personal and professional battles in the courts and the media. He also threatened to sack any officer found indulging in such acts of gross indiscipline, which were bringing a bad name to the Punjab Police. Issuing a strict warning to senior police officers, Captain said that if needed he would even approach the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek the dismissal of any officer violating the discipline of the force.Teaching a lesson of discipline to all present in the meeting, the CM asserted: “Neither the media nor the courts were the proper forums to resolve differences, which needed to be resolved internally.” Expressing shock and concern at the way in which the proud legacy of Punjab Police was being destroyed by some officers, the Chief Minister, without naming anyone, said there were various channels and ways to deal with professional problems. Professional matters being taken to the court were unacceptable, he warned, adding that “this has to stop, right now.”Stating that what was happening today was not only in extremely bad taste but highly detrimental to the interests of Punjab, the CM called for serious introspection by the officers for the sake of the force, the state and the country. Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Home Secretary NS Kalsi also exhorted the senior cops not to indulge in any act which had the potential of lowering the morale down the rank and file, and damaging the reputation of Punjab Police.CM asks all to accept Arora’s leadership
“Any senior officer facing a professional issue should first approach the state DGP, followed by the Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary, and if he is still not satisfied, he can come to me,” Captain Amarinder Singh said. The Chief Minister also clarified that every officer in the force was required to accept the leadership of Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora, whom he described as a highly professional officer. “Union Minister had wanted to take Arora to the Centre but he had requested for his retention in the state in view of his expertise and professionalism,” said Amarinder. Notably, everyone including the DGP (HRD) S Chattopadhyaya kept listening to all silently.It was all awkward for me: Suresh Arora
While addressing his colleagues, DGP Arora said the entire business was particularly awkward for him personally, but assured the officers that he will not let them down at any cost and would continue to work towards enhancing the professional standards of the force.
TRAIL OF CONTROVERSY
It is a known fact that after the change of guard in the state last year, at least three DGP rank officers were expecting to replace the sitting DGP Suresh Arora. who was appointed by the previous Badal government. However, against their expectations, Amarinder Singh as CM decided Arora to continue with the responsibility, which came as a major shock for the aspirants.With grudges in hearts, the top brass of the state police started hatching conspiracies against each other and finally, the emergence of Special Task Force (STF) which Amarinder created with an objective to check the drugs in the state, created parallel split in the state police for the STF chief ADGP Harpreet Singh Sidhu appointed with a condition to have a direct reporting to CM office.While investigating a high-profile case in which the STF nabbed a police inspector with drugs and weapons, the STF also suspected the role of Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh. Irked over the summoning, Raj Jit went to High Court with a petition against the STF chief Harpreet Singh Sidhu, which further intensified the tension between the DGP office and the STF head as the latter found the state police backing Raj Jit Singh.Accepting Raj Jit Singh’s plea, the High Court formed three-member panel headed by DGP Chattopadhyaya to probe the case in a free and fair manner. During the probe, Chattopadhyaya found Suresh Arora and Dinkar Gupta being allegedly involved with Raj Jit Singh in the racket, which he told the court while seeking a CBI probe into former chief Khalsa Diwan head Inderpreet Singh Chaddha suicide case.In Chaddha suicide case, the state police had formed three-member panel, headed by IG (crime LK Yadav, who wanted Chattopadhyaya to join the investigation as his name was allegedly taking round in the suicide matter. Terming it a false and fabricated case, Chattopadhyaya submitted his plea in the court, stating that Yadav wanted to harass him on the direction of Arora and Gupta, as the two were scared of being booked in the drug case being probed by him under HC direction.With all this coming in public domain through media, which everyone saw as top cops of the state running after each other’s blood, the state police faced severe criticism on all platforms. And finally, after five days, the CM had a meeting with all DGPs and ADGPs of the state, where rather than giving personal hearing, he issued strict warning to all of them to stop the nonsense or face the music.
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