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Home Dept staffer transferred;inquiry begins into bribery case

Two days after a UT Police Inspector created a ruckus at the UT Secretariat,and levelled allegations of corruption against Senior Assistant,Surinder,posted in the Department of Home,the latter has been shunted out of the Home Department.

Two days after a UT Police Inspector created a ruckus at the UT Secretariat,and levelled allegations of corruption against Senior Assistant,Surinder,posted in the Department of Home,the latter has been shunted out of the Home Department. Meanwhile,the UT Vigilance Department has begun a probe into the matter.

Confirming the development,a senior UT Administration official said,“The Senior Assistant,who had allegedly taken money from one of the UT Police Inspectors,as alleged by the Inspector,in his written complaint,has been transferred out of the Home Department. The final course of action shall be decided,once the vigilance completes its inquiry and unveils the truth.”

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon,when UT Police Inspector Kewal Krishan went to UT Secretariat and entered into a verbal feud with the Senior Assistant Surinder.

Kewal Krishan’s file pertaining to his ‘adhoc’ promotion was lying pending under consideration,in the UT Home Department. When Surinder did not pay any heed to Kewal’s arguments,Kewal approached the Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev and narrated to him the entire story.

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Abhishek Dev took Kewal to Home Secretary Ram Niwas,who immediately summoned all those involved in the entire episode and asked everybody to give their statements in writing.

Inspector Kewal Krishan,in his written statement,levelled allegations of graft on Surinder and fellow Inspector S P S Sondhi,but later backtracked,saying that he wanted to withdraw his charges.

Refusing to buy his ‘after-thought’,UT Home Secretary referred the matter to the Vigilance Department for a thorough probe. Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev,sent the statements to the UT Adviser,K K Sharma,who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer,recommending a thorough probe,which should be completed in a week’s time.

Three UT Police Inspectors Kewal Krishan,S P S Sondhi and Kehar Singh had moved a case to the UT Administration,pleading that they were eligible to be promoted for promotion to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police.

Sources disclosed that Kewal Krishan was not considered fit for the promotion,and the case file pertaining to promotions of the three Inspectors was lying pending in the UT Administration.

Meanwhile,the case was again moved to the UT Administration,this time through senior UT Police officials,pleading to the UT Home Secretary that the three Inspectors be promoted on ‘adhoc’ basis.

It was this case file,for which Kewal Krishan alleged that he had paid money to the Senior Assistant,posted at UT Secretariat,through Inspector Sondhi.