The Mohali Police has filed a challan in a local court against dismissed DSP Gurbans Singh Bains and his alleged accomplice N K Goyal, who were arrested in March on charges of corruption after Rs 60 lakh was seized from two bank lockers owned by Bains and his wife. Interestingly, however, SP (Detective) G S Grewal, who is the investigating officer in the case, said that the police had found no evidence of bribery or misuse of official position by Bains, as was initially alleged. “The only evidence against the DSP is the recovery of a large amount of money, which makes it a case of disproportionate assets,” he said.
However, police have charge-sheeted Bains and Goyal under all the Sections mentioned in the FIR, including Sections 7, 8, 13 (1)(a)(d)(e) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act. While Sections 7 and 8 deal with bribery, Section 13 deals with possessing disproportionate assets.
Asked on what basis the DSP was charged under Sections 7 and 8 in the absence of evidence, Grewal said, “It is part of the investigation, I will only disclose it in the court.”
SSP G S Sandhu, on whose complaint the FIR was registered and who is now posted in Moga, said, “The DSP was booked after we received information against him from reliable sources. I am not aware of what was found during the investigation.”
At that time, police had alleged that Bains, then posted in Mohali, misused his official position for making money and Goyal, a businessman, helped him in these activities. It also mentioned that Goyal had received Rs 65 lakh through havala and had given Rs 40 lakh as bribe to Bains’ wife who put it in the bank locker. Police said that Goyal gave Rs 14 lakh to another person and kept Rs 11 with him.
Police seized Rs 40 lakh, along with some foreign currency, from a bank locker owned by Bains and his wife. Rs 20 lakh was seized from another locker, which was also owned by Bains and his wife.
However, police did not say who sent the money through havala and for what purpose the bribe was given to Bains. Nor did it say why Goyal gave Rs 14 lakh to another person. Also, it did not make Bains’ wife an accused although she received the money on behalf of her husband.
During interrogation, Goyal reportedly told the police that he had only repaid Rs 40 lakh he had borrowed from Bains for his business while the remaining money was from his business dealings. Bains, in his bail application, mentioned that he had raised the money by selling his property in order to finance his daughter’s education aborad.
After Bains was booked, IG Nirmal Singh Dhillon immediately dismissed him from service under clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution. Under this clause, an official can be dismissed only after an enquiry but if for some reason the authority empowered to dismiss a person is satisfied that for some reason, to be recorded in writing, an enquiry is not practicable, the official can be dismissed.
After Bains’s arrest, his counsel had argued in the court that Bains was targeted due to ‘political vendetta’ and has been falsely implicated as he was a relative of Simarjit Singh Bains, an Akali rebel who contested the Lok Sabha election as an independent from Ludhiana. Simarjit Bains later lost. Bains and Goyal are still in jail.