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ASI transferred on graft charges,inquiry initiated

A departmental inquiry has been instituted after the transfer of ASI Sukhvinder Singh.

Police on Monday initiated an inquiry against an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) posted at the Sector-20 police station,who was transferred to Ambala on Monday,following allegations by a couple that he slapped false cases against them and demanded a bribe from them. A departmental inquiry has been instituted after the transfer of ASI Sukhvinder Singh.

Panchkula-Ambala range Commissioner Rajbir Singh Deswal said the ASI was transferred after a couple approached him and alleged that he had demanded a bribe from them. Deswal added that a departmental inquiry had been initiated against Sukhvinder Singh.

According to the police,Sahil Khurana had alleged that he was on his scooter,with his wife riding pillion,when some people tried to chase him. After he stopped and inquired why he was being followed,they allegedly beat him.

However,the police slapped a case of wrongful restraint against him upon a complaint made by his (Khurana) wife’s parents. While resisting his bail,the police reportedly told a local court that they had to recover the scooter .

However,the couple approached Deswal stating that the police had already recovered the scooter from them and it was parked at the Sector-20 police station. The police commissioner said that he asked the ACP headquarters to find out whether the scooter has been recovered. During the inquiry,it was found that the scooter was lying at the police station.

The couple had alleged that the police official concerned had demanded a bribe and had even threatened to be harsh on them in case they failed to pay him the money.

According to the police,the couple was earlier living in Dera Bassi, Punjab,but following threats from the woman’s parents they shifted to Sector 20 in Panchkula. The couple told the police that they were facing threats from the woman’s family members,who were opposed to their marriage.

“While the boys parents have reconciled to their marriage,the woman’s parents are against their relationship. I have assured the couple full protection,” Deswal said.

The commissioner added that the ASI had been transferred to Ambala and had not been posted at any police station pending a departmental inquiry against him. He added that only after the inquiry was completed would the police take a call on his suspension.

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The couple also alleged that despite getting married legally one-and-a-half year ago,the woman’s parents were threating them.