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HS staff member faces ‘illegal gratification’ charge

One of the staff members posted in the personal staff of UT Home Secretary is in the dock,for allegedly having accepted ‘illegal gratification’ from the two Chandigarh Police Inspectors.

Allegedly placed promotion-related files of 2 UT police inspectors before Home Secretary; Niwas refers case to Vigilance Dept for probe

One of the staff members posted in the personal staff of UT Home Secretary is in the dock,for allegedly having accepted ‘illegal gratification’ from the two Chandigarh Police Inspectors,for putting up their file before Home Secretary,pertaining to promotions of the Inspectors to the rank of Deputy Superintendents of Police. The issue was brought to the notice of UT Home Secretary,Ram Niwas,by the Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev and Ram Niwas forwarded the entire case to the vigilance department,recommending a thorough probe.

Three Inspectors Kewal Krishan,SPS Sondhi and Kehar Singh are awaiting promotions to the rank of DSP and their case file is pending under consideration in the Home Secretary’s office. Both Kewal and Sondhi are posted in Police Control Room and Kehar Singh is posted in the Economic Offences Wing of UT Police.

High drama was witnessed at UT Secretariat,yesterday,Inspector Kewal Krishan,presently posted in the Police Control Room wing,reached the HS’ office and entered into an argument with the staff posted there. Sources disclosed that when the staff did not pay any heed to his arguments,he entered the office of Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev and narrated the entire episode to him. Based on his allegations,Abhishek Dev took Inspector Kewal to Ram Niwas and further elaborated the entire incident.

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Inspector Kewal was asked to submit his allegations in writing,which he did.

Kewal Krishan alleged that he was asked by his fellow officer Inspector Sondhi,that one of the staff members of HS’ office needs to be paid Rs. 14,000,after which he will get their promotion-matter expedited.

The money was to be shared among three Inspectors Kewal,Sondhi and Kehar. Kewal further alleged that while he paid Rs. 2,000 as advance,out of his share of Rs. 5,000; yet his case file was not moved. UT officials disclosed that Kewal Krishan was considered “unfit” for the promotion,under the relevant rules.

Kewal Krishan added that he had paid money to Inspector Sondhi in presence of two Constables of Police Control Room.

Inspector Sondhi and both the Constables,stated as witnesses were also summoned by the Home Secretary to his office. Everybody was made to write their statements.

While the two constables supported Kewal Krishan’s allegations,Inspector Sondhi refuted all the allegations.

Rebuking both the Inspectors,his staff and two Constables,Ram Niwas instructed Abhishek Dev to forward the case for a vigilance probe.

What they now say

* Home Secy Ram Niwas: The matter was brought to my notice. Allegations were levelled against one of the staff members by Inspector Kewal Krishan. He submitted it in writing. I have referred the matter for a thorough vigilance probe.

* Joint Secy (Home) Abhishek Dev: Kewal Krishan levelled allegation in writing. However,later he approached me again and stated that he would like to withdraw the charges levelled by him. I told him that once he has submitted his complaint in writing,a thorough probe shall be conducted. I have forwarded the matter to the UT Adviser,who is also the Chief Vigilance Officer,recommending the matter to be got investigated by Vigilance Cell and a report be submitted within a week’s time.

* Inspector Kewal Krishan: I have not levelled any allegations against anybody. Yes,I went to the Home Secretary’s office,but it was only to narrate my grouse. I cant say anything more on the issue.

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* Inspector Sondhi: Yes,I went to HS office,but it was for my promotion case. I do not know if there is any complaint marked against me.”