The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition challenging the promotion of Ram Gopal as inspector with the Chandigarh Police in the sports category.
The petition was dismissed by a Bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta on a joint petition filed by six UT Police personnel. The petitioners, Yash Pal and others, had earlier claimed that Ram Gopal was promoted in the sports category, though yoga was not a sports under the 2002 instructions issued in this regard.
The UT Police, on the other hand, submitted that the inspector’s case was pertaining to period prior to the issuance of the 2002 rules and he could as such be promoted.
A petition challenging promotion of inspector Ram Gopal was earlier also filed in the high court wherein it was alleged that the inspector had produced a forged and fabricated certificate before police authorities, stating he was declared a world champion as he stood first and won a gold medal in World Yoga Sport Cup held in Genoa in Italy.
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On the basis of this, Ram Gopal was given seniority. When the facts were checked from website of international yoga federation, Balmukund Singh of India was found to have stood first.
Later, a case of cheating and forgery was registered against Ram Gopal with the Sector 3 police on April 25 2008. The investigation was handed over to ASP Central. The petitioners had alleged that with the intention to help Ram Gopal, an untraced report was filed in a lower court by the inquiry officer.