The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has finally granted the CBI,sanction to prosecute Chandigarh Superintendent of Police (SP) Desh Raj in a graft case. The premier investigating agency had been awaiting the MHA nod so that it could file a chargesheet against the suspended SP.
With the grant of sanction,the CBI will now go ahead with its chargesheet against the police officer following which,a special CBI Court will decide on framing of charges against him. While the MHA has granted sanction to prosecute Desh Raj,it,however,is yet to open a departmental inquiry against the IPS officer. Desh Raj was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on December 13,2012.
Much to the embarrassment of the Chandigarh Police,the CBI had on October 18,last year,nabbed Desh Raj allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a junior police officer at his (Desh Raj) official residence in Sector 23.
The complainant in the case,Inspector Anokh Singh of Police Station,Sector 26,alleged that the SP had initially demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh in return for exonerating the inspector in two inquiries that had been pending before Desh Raj. The alleged deal was struck at Rs 2 lakh but Singh approached the CBI which laid a trap and allegedly caught the SP red-handed while he was accepting the first installment of Rs 1 lakh.
Desh Raj,a 2008 IPS officer,joined as ACP,Punjabi Bagh,in New Delhi on September 1,2010. After holding the post for about one month,he joined the UT Police as ASP (central sub-division) on October 20,2010,as under training as an IPS officer. On July 25,he was appointed as the Superintendent of Police (city and headquarters).
The trial,against Desh Raj,will now come up for resumed hearing on August 2 before the special CBI Court,Chandigarh.
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