VB to probe ex-SSP’s properties

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau will look into the allegations of “usurping” of property by former Patiala SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 2:48:24 am

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) will look into the allegations of “usurping” of property by former Patiala (VB) SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma. The move comes in the wake of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asking the police to take appropriate action against five VB officers,who have been indicted in an inquiry report.

The VB’s inquiry into Sharma’s assets will be different from the registration of a regular FIR in the case as ordered by Badal. The matter of the registration of a regular FIR has been sent to the Mohali district attorney,where the case is likely to be registered.

Last week,Badal had ordered the registration of a criminal case against officers including Moga SSP Surjit Singh Grewal,then SSP (Patiala) Shiv Kumar Sharma (retd),SSP (VB) Ferozepur Jaspal Singh and joint director (Admn-VB) Surinder Pal Singh on the basis of a inquiry report that had found the officers guilty of abusing power in arresting a patwari — Mohan Singh — and subjecting him to “inhuman” treatment in police custody. Sources said while the police is yet to register the said FIR,the VB has been asked to probe the allegations leveled by the patwari — he has accused Sharma of grabbing properties in an around Patiala.

The patwar union had alleged that following orders of senior VB officers,Mohan Singh was arrested on February 18,2012 and implicated in a false case. In custody,VB officers had allegedly treated him “inhumanly”. They claimed it was done on the orders of Sharma,from whom the patwari had demanded an official fee of Rs 20 to hand over the copy of a land record in 2009.

The report had stated that since then,Sharma carried a grudge against the patwari and got him framed in two false cases. The inquiry officer had recommended the lodging of an FIR against the guilty and also a separate probe into the other allegations made by Singh.

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