The ongoing departmental inquiry against Inspectors Amanjot Singh and Neeraj Sarna of the Chandigarh Police, who are facing charges of insubordination, has found that the daily diary report of the incident wherein the alleged insubordination occurred was forged, apparently to create evidence against them.
Sources said that not only had forensic examination confirmed the forgery, but a constable had also admitted having done it on the instructions of her superior Sub-Inspector.
This knocks the bottom out of the case against the two inspectors, who remained suspended for about one and a half years after the inquiry was ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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Senior Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhry, who is conducting the inquiry, said he would soon submit a report to the Inspector General of Chandigarh Police.
The issue dates back to May 7, 2012, when Vice-President M Hamid Ansari visited PGI and a group of advocates held a demonstration outside the auditorium. Inspectors Amanjot Singh and Neeraj Sarna were posted in the outer security cordon.
The next day, the then ASP Deshraj submitted a report to the then SSP Naunihal Singh, alleging that he asked the two inspectors to follow him to the spot of the incident, but they did not obey him.
Sources said that the original DDR of the incident mentioned the protest by advocates and how the police handled it. Later, however, the text of the DDR was removed with the help of a Sellotape and it was written again, naming officers who managed the situation. The names of the two inspectors were not among them, sources said.
This forged DDR was used in support of the allegation that the two officers did not obey the order of their superior, calling him to the spot of the protest.
“The forensic report confirms that the DDR was tampered,” said the source.
Further, the woman constable of the PGI police post in her statement to the inquiry officer said that she had made changes in the DDR at the behest of Sub-Inspector Eram Rizvi, who was in charge of the police post.
Asked about the constable’s allegation, S-I Rizvi said she would not comment as “it is a matter of inquiry”.
A senior officer said that under the Punjab Police Rules, an officer who tampers with a DDR or FIR could be booked for forgery and dismissed from service. “Though the DDR was never signed by S-I Rizvi, she being the supervisory officer of the police post will have to bear the consequences,” said the officer.
On May 24, 2012, Inspector Amanjot had submitted his resignation, alleging harassment by ASP Deshraj and SSP Naunihal Singh. After two months, however, he withdrew the resignation when he was nominated for a gallantry award.
But he did not get the award as the MHA, on the basis of reports from the Chandigarh Police, ordered a departmental inquiry against the two inspectors.
Incidentally, Deshraj, who was later promoted as SP, was arrested by the CBI for accepting illegal gratification from an inspector in October 2012.