Chandigarh: On September 10, one of India’s decorated senior police officers and former head of Punjab Police Sarabdeep Singh Virk, often credited with helping in containing terrorism by introducing the idea of ‘Cats’, was arrested for indulging in multi-crore property deals while in service, misusing his official position, harbouring dead ‘Cats’, and making money through the easiest of methods known to Punjab Police — bribery.
Virk called it “political vendetta”, said he had refused to join truck with Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, the opposition remained totally silent while the lone voice of Amarinder Singh, the former CM, was heard in Virk’s favour. As Virk soon landed in hospital, Amarinder came asking about his health.
Virk, the 1971 batch officer, was arrested from Maharashtra Bhawan in New Delhi months after he was suspended by the Badal government. He had been reptariated to his parent Maharashtra cadre and was currently under compulsory waiting without posting. During the electioneering in Punjab, the Election Commission had directed his removal from the top post of police in Punjab after his land deals came to light in which Virk conceded he was a partner.
The four-page first information report (FIR) lodged by senior superintendent of police (Vigilance) Surinderpal Singh Virk charges Sarabdeep Singh Virk under Sections 168, 169 (doing business while in service), 216, 218 and 120-B (for harbouring a person wanted by law, giving him a fake identity on basis of false record to screen him from law) and Sections 7,13 (1)(d)(e) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Interestingly, so much are the Punjab Police officers in cohoots that Virk has now revealed that the IO Surinderpal Singh Virk was himself a beneficiary of his land deals, a fact which has so far not been denied.
What the FIR says
- Sarabdeep Singh Virk, though in government service, indulged in the business of real state and colonisation.
- He entered into a business deal with Avinash Singh Grewal for the purchase and disposal of 15 acres of land in Zirakpur. Virk reportedly made payment of Rs 6 lakh to Avinash Singh Grewal through his Sector 9 Times Bank joint account with his wife and daughter. Subsequently, the Zirakpur land was developed and plots were carved out and sold.
- Sarabdeep Singh Virk expanded his colony by another five to 10 acres and sold about 100 plots. Several senior civil servants purchased plots from him. Virks also constructed a marriage palace, a restaurant and a nightclub illegally.
- In 2006, Virks got approved a mega project from the previous Congress government and “fraudulently” got three acres of land included in the Zirakpur Notified Area Committee. By this fraudulent transaction, a loss of Rs 10 core was caused to the state. The properties Virks own include a house in Sector 27, a flat in Sector 39, Chimney Heights, 14 acres of land for Chandigarh International Convention Center, 25 acres of land in Bakarpur village and seven acres of land in Sekhan Majra village in the name of his wife.