After repeated dressing down from the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the Punjab Police have dismissed four tainted Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP),who were suspended last month. Those dismissed from service are,Bhupinder Singh,Sukhdev Singh,Parminder Singh and Avinderbir Singh.
While Bhupinder Singh and Parminder Singh had been dismissed from service on January 19,the other two were dismissed on December 19. The Punjab and Haryana High Court was given this information by the Punjab government during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by Advocate H C Arora.
The affidavit further discloses that 14 convicted police officers have been retained in service as they have been acquitted in appeals. The affidavit stated that four convicted cops have either died or retired from service. The affidavit also contains a list of 22 police officers who have not been dismissed from service,but have been given lenient punishments,in pursuance to DGPs circular dated May 18,2010.
The DGP had directed all competent authorities that the police officers who were convicted for certain offences,for which the prescribed sentence is upto three years of imprisonment,should not be dismissed from service and that some other lenient punishment should be imposed on them. The 22 police officers include one sub-inspector,two assistant sub-inspectors,nine head constables and ten constables.
The Court has adjourned the PIL till February 15 to enable the petitioner to argue the case for removal of the 22 convicted police officers as well as those convicted police officers who have been retained in service due to release on probation. The validity of DGPs circular will also come up for arguments on February 15.