KARAMJEET Singh Bhullar, an assistant jail superintendent posted at Faridkot Modern Jail, was arrested Thursday evening on charges of corruption and helping prisoners in supply of drugs inside the jail.
The arrest has again raised question over the role of police in controlling drug addiction in the state.
In an FIR lodged in January this year, police said drug supply was rampant inside the jail through online transaction and five prisoners had been booked.
Karamjit was arrested two days before his appearance in a court as a witness in a 97crore scam on purchase of jail items.
After his arrest, Karamjit was produced in a court on Friday that sent him to one day police remand. Karamjit, pleading innocence, said he was booked in a false case before he had to appear on Saturday as a witness before the special investigation team in the 97crore scam.
Inspector Lakhvir Singh, the investigating officer, said a prisoner, Pargat Singh, was supplying drugs inside the jail and the relatives of other prisoners deposited money in the account of Gurdev Singh, the father of Pargat Singh.
The use of Internet and cellphones were also rampant at the jail to run the business. More than Rs 5.5 lakh had been transferred to Gurdev’s account.