Former minister charges ACP,SHO with graft

Former Minister for Health and senior BJP leader Satpal Gossain has leveled serious charges of corruption against ACP Manmeet Singh and Moti Nagar SHO Raj Kumar.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published:August 9, 2012 12:38 am

Former Minister for Health and senior BJP leader Satpal Gossain has leveled serious charges of corruption against ACP (East) Manmeet Singh and Moti Nagar SHO Raj Kumar. At a meeting on Wednesday,Gossain claimed that,“the two officers had demanded a huge bribe from Amarnath a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony,Sherpur Kalan for resolving a land dispute.”

Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh meanwhile claimed that,“the concerned officers have already been transferred and the inquiry into the matter is being conducted by DCP Gurpreet Singh Toor and action will be taken accordingly.”

Gossain however maintains that the case came to his attention through a local anti corruption group. “Amarnath was in a land dispute with some of his relatives who had been threatening him and had even resorted to beat him and all. He approached the police for justice and instead the ACP demanded Rs 2 lakhs from him to solve the issue.

Amarnath is not in a position to pay this huge bribe but he agreed to pay Rs 1 lakhs to the ACP who then demanded a separate amount for the SHO who was then paid Rs 10000. We have an audio recording of the ACP demanding money.”

The former minister who is known to take up cudgels with officials in the past too maintained,“our government SAD(B)-BJP is trying its best to ensure that corruption is rooted out of the state and in case the erring officials are not punished as per the law I will take this matter to the chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and seek justice.”

SHO Raj Kumar meanwhile denied demanding or taking any money. He claimed that the complaint had come to him and that as the issue was related to land dispute he had sent the file to the legal department for comments.

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