Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, who was among those questioned by NIA in connection with the Pathankot terror attack, has been booked for allegedly abusing his position to demand sexual favours. Salwinder, who is currently posted as assistant commandant of Punjab Armed Police at Jalandhar, is yet to be arrested.
The case was lodged in Gurdaspur Wednesday after a police probe found that he had demanded sexual favours from the wife of an accused in a rape case, which was being probed by Salwinder as the then SP of Gurdaspur.
“The complainant has alleged that Salwinder used to frequent their house and sought sexual favours from his wife, besides demanding Rs 50,000 to give him a clean chit,” a police officer said, adding that they have “clinching” evidence against Salwinder in the form of audio recordings.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the woman’s husband said Salwinder “physically exploited” his wife and demanded Rs 50,000 as bribe.
“We gave him the money, but he didn’t stop harassing us. In 2015, I met Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and complained against Salwinder. On the Deputy CM’s direction, two inquiries were ordered. One was conducted by SSP, Batala, the other by SSP, Gurdaspur. Salwinder was given a clean chit in both… Days after the Pathankot terror attack, I again lodged a complaint to the Deputy CM (through online portal Sangat Darshan). This time the SP, Pathankot, was asked to probe. In this inquiry, I was found innocent in a rape case lodged against me and SP Salwinder was found guilty of harassing my wife and taking Rs 50,000 as bribe,” the complainant said.
Salwinder has been booked under Section 376 C (sexual intercourse by person in authority who abuses his position to induce or seduce a woman) of IPC and other provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. He has been reportedly asked to record his statement before IGP (Provisioning) Gurpreet Deo in Chandigarh Friday.
This is not for the first time Salwinder has been accused of sexual harassment. The former SP was moved out of Gurdaspur after woman police officers working under him alleged sexual harassment by him.
— With inputs from KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR, AMRITSAR