Nearly four months after being charged with insubordination,Inspectors Amanjot and Neeraj Sarna were placed under suspension on Saturday. The suspension orders were issued by the Chandigarh Police following a directive from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) which,as per available information,took strong note of the alleged insubordination. Terming it a serious matter,the MHA has ordered a probe,by an IPS officer,into the incident.
Late on Saturday evening,the Chandigarh Police issued suspension orders to the two inspectors and appointed R S Ghuman,Superintendent of Police (operations) as the inquiry officer.
It all began on May 7,during Vice President M Hamid Ansaris visit,when the then ASP Deshraj had alleged that Inspectors Amanjot Singh and Neeraj Sarna had disobeyed his orders. He had reportedly asked the duo to accompany him to the spot where a few lawyers were protesting.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) Satbir Singh,in his report,however,had stated that the two inspectors had not disobeyed orders. Following the spat,an inquiry was ordered by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh.
Crying foul,Inspector Amanjot had resigned on May 24 alleging that he was being harassed by Deshraj and the SSP with repeated departmental inquiries. It was for the first time when an inspector-rank official of Chandigarh police had resigned in protest
Accepting his protest resignation,police then gave two months time to Amanjot to withdraw the resignation. In the second week of July,the Inspector withdrew his resignation,after which,the two inquiries against him were dropped. He was also recently recommended for a gallantry award after rescuing he rescued an NRI and arrested the kidnappers from Kurukshetra in Haryana.
Sources say that intelligence bureau reports and reports from the Chandigarh Police were sent to the MHA on the day of the incident (May 7). The MHA reportedly took cognisance of the reports and ordered the suspension of the duo.
When contacted,SSP Naunihal Singh confirmed the development. A communication,from the Centre ordering their suspension was received. The duo have been suspended and probe has been handed over to SP (operations), SSP Naunihal told Chandigarh Newsline .