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Gurgaon police rift out in public: JCP accuses top cop of falsely implicating family in rape case

In an embarrassment to Haryana Police, two top IPS officers of Gurgaon are at war, with Joint Commissioner Bharti Arora accusing Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk of "falsely implicating" a family in a rape case and threatening her, a charge denied by him.

 Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Bharti Arora and Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk take the metro on Gurgaon’s car-free day. (Express Photo by Manoj Kumar) Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Bharti Arora and Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk take the metro on Gurgaon’s car-free day. (Express Photo by Manoj Kumar)

For 15 days now, the Gurgaon Police have been at war within. And its now out in public. Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Bharti Arora has accused her immediate superior and Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk of falsely implicating a family in a rape case, pressurising her into the same and spying on her, something Virk has firmly denied.

The controversy has even reached Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) Y P Singhal, who has ordered Director General of Police (Crime) K P Singh to probe the charges leveled against Virk.

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The rift between the two senior officers has only increased recently. Sources said the CP and JCP have had heated arguments in the CP’s office and residence, and once even in the presence of the complainant in question.

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The case involves a a divorcee who has alleged that Ajay Bhardwaj, son of a former bureaucrat — with whom she was in a live-in relationship and two children — promised to marry her but later refused and even threatened her. The woman has even approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Bhardwaj was arrested in 2014.

According to Bharti, the charges against Bhardwaj were ‘wrong’. “When I started the investigation, I realised that the CP has falsely implicated an entire family. I objected and told him ‘Sir, this is wrong’. He then tortured me mentally and threatened me saying, ‘I advise you to leave the case, or you will suffer consequences’.“ said Arora.

Virk, rubbished Arora’s allegations. He said: “I am sad that a valued colleague had to issue false statements in the media in matters which are official and under the consideration of the police headquarters, to hide her own misconduct.”

Director General of Police (Haryana) Y P Singhal said, “I have received communication from Arora and from Virk. I am having both examined… As far as the investigation is concerned, we will have it re-verified from another officer…”

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In her ‘misconduct report’ sent to the Haryana DGP, Arora wrote about the “CP’s harassment of a senior woman IPS officer and uncalled biased interference with ulterior motives”. “He (Virk) was quiet vocal that he wanted stringent sections to be imposed in the matters and the undersigned (Arora)…Did not make out the offence in the FIR. However CP/GGN insisted at least one or the other offence should be clamped,” Arora’s complaint reads.

On Tuesday, Arora alleged that she was being spied upon as two cops of constable rank, from the CP’s office and CID, were present in JCP’s office without her consent in plain clothes, and were taken into custody.

First published on: 30-09-2015 at 03:03:41 am
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