While flaying the appointment of Sumedh Saini as the DGP of Punjab Police,the Congress on Thursday said his elevation had not only violated provisions in the Police Service rule but was also in violation of a Supreme Court directive. The Congress also demanded the intervention of the chief justices of the Supreme Court as well as the the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the matter.
The party said Saini has been appointed as a DGP even as he faces charges of abduction and elimination. Saini has also been chargesheeted by a special CBI court for kidnapping and eliminating three persons,the party added.
Former Congress MLA Sukhpal Khaira,in a press conference on Thursday,said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has chosen to blatantly break the oath of office on the very first day by appointing Saini as DGP and by inducting Bibi Jagir Kaur into the cabinet. Both are facing criminal cases, Khaira said.
While presenting documents regarding the SC directions to the media,Khaira said Sainis appointment had flouted directions in the Parkash Singh and others vs the Union of India Writ Petition (Civil) 310,which,Khaira said,mandated that the DGP of a state will be selected by the government from among three senior-most officers. In Sainis case,he superseded five senior officers,like four DGPs Anil Kaushik,Shashi Kant,Rajan Gupta and GD Pandey and ADGP Sanjiv Gupta, Khaira said. Saini has been rewarded for falsely implicating Amarinder Singh in the Ludhiana City Centre Scam, he added.
Khaira further said that Sainis appointment also violated the SC judgment in the Niranjan Singh vs P R Kharote case (1980),in which,the court held that any officer,against whom serious charges have been framed by a criminal court,should have been suspended by a responsible government unless exceptional circumstances suggest a contrary course exists.
He added that even according to the Punjab Police Act-2007,Saini should have been placed under suspension as Section 15 (b) of the Act mandates: Provided that an officer may be removed or transferred by the competent authority from his post before the expiry of the said tenure,if he is convicted or against whom,charges having been framed,by a court of law.
The former MLA also claimed that by inducting Bibi Jagir Kaur main accused in her daughters (Harpreet) murder case in to the state Cabinet,the CM was trying to influence the course of law. The trial is in its final stages and a Patiala special court is likely to pronounce its judgment in next few days,he said.