CHANDIGARH: Off an on the Punjab police keeps getting the whip but the shamelessness lies in the way the politicians entrust the shady officers with prime posts. Parkash Singh Badal had no problems in putting Sumedh Singh Saini as head of the Vigilance Bureau because he seemed ready to go hammer and tongs after Amarinder Singh, BIS Chahal and S S Virk, the pet peeves of the Badal family. Now, with the Punjab and Chandigarh police doing precious little to bring proclaimed offenders to justice in the 1991 bomb blast case, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has handed over the investigation of the case to the CBI. Disbanding the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was constituted on the directions of the High Court, the Bench expressed its disapproval of both the Chandigarh and Punjab police.
Sumedh Singh Saini who was attacked in the bomb blast which took place in 1991 in Sector 17, Chandigarh, came under the scanner of the High Court.
“This case has intra-state ramifications which the Chandigarh and Punjab police will not be in a position to investigate. Further, Sumedh Singh Saini was at the helm of affairs of the Chandigarh Police and was serving as a SSP. As of today, he is holding a very important post and is in position to influence the investigation officer if the case is handed over to Punjab Police or even for that matter to the Chandigarh Police. Since the Chandigarh Police have now woken up that POs have to be brought to justice and are making efforts to procure presence, there is no need for the Special Investigation Team (SIT),” read the final order.
In yet another significant development, Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice A N Jindal have directed the CBI to clearly look into the allegations of false encounter of Balwant Singh Multani (one of the POs in the case), as claimed by his father Darshan Singh Multani, retired IAS officer, Punjab.
Taking a strong note of the affidavit of Darshan Singh Multani in which he had levelled startling allegations of elimination of his son at the hands of the police, the High Court has directed the CBI to find out the police officers responsible for false encounter.
In order to ensure fair and complete investigation of the case by the CBI, the High Court directed the Director General of Police (DGP) of Rajasthan, Punjab and Chandigarh to assist and give full co-operation to the CBI in the investigation. The CBI has been also directed to take into account the allegations levelled by Darshan Singh Multani and if required, register an FIR as well.
“The CBI is at liberty to come back to the court if it does not get cooperation from police officials of Punjab, Rajasthan and Chandigarh. The CBI is further directed not to disclose the identity of witnesses apart from this court, that too when the court asks for the same. The CBI also has the liberty to register an FIR on statement of any of affected parties or on statement of Darshan Singh Multani,” the order read.
The CBI has been directed to file a status report in this case by December 5, in a sealed cover.