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Govt nod to prosecute Sandhu makes politicians a worried lot

Moga sex scandal broke out in 2009,when some influential residents of the area filed a complaint in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The permission granted by the home department to allow the prosecution of Paramdip Singh Sandhu,SP (Internal Vigilance),in the infamous Moga sex scandal has got the local politicians worried. Sandhu,a PPS officer,was the last police officer whose clearance for prosecution was awaited in the case.

The scandal broke out in 2009,when some influential residents of the area filed a complaint in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,alleging that they were being implicated in false cases of sexual exploitation. The victims were allegedly working on behest of some police officers and local politicians.

Considering the sensitivity of the case,the CBI probed the incident and found that the complaint was true. It registered a criminal case under Sections 120-B,182,195,211,384 of the IPC and Section-7,13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988 was registered against Sandhu and others in February 2009.

According to the CBI,when Sandhu was the SP (H) at Moga between 2006-2007,a few women accused some rich people of the area of sexually abusing them. When the complaint reached the police,Sandhu’s subordinates and a few influential politicians of the area intervened and struck deals allegedly through him and the then Moga SSP Davinder Singh Garcha. Both the police officers,however,have denied these charges.

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Apart from Sandhu and Garcha,the CBI had also found that two SHOs — Amarjit Singh and Raman Kumar — were involved in this case. The case became a talking point when the name of Barjinder Singh alias Mkhan Brar,son of senior Akali leader Jathedar Tota Singh,too featured in the FIR. Makhan Brar,who has always maintained that he has been dragged into the controversy due to political rivalry,however,had surrendered before the CBI.

With the upcoming Assembly elections in the state,the case could prove detrimental for the ruling SAD(B),as both Jathedar Tota Singh and Makhan Brar are waiting to contest the polls. Jathedar Tota Singh has been assured a seat from Dharmkot area and he has already started working in this constituency. However,his son hopes for a ticket from Moga itself.

A senior Congress leader of the area,said: “It is not that the state government has cleared Sandhu’s prosecution out of will. The state was fighting a case in the Supreme Court regarding this and very soon,the court would have cleared this prosecution. In a way,the state was under pressure. Otherwise,SDA(B) would not have allowed this as their senior leader’s son is involved in the case.”