Punjab News 

Drug-tainted’ SSP named

for state award, file under lens

Chandigarh, January 13-The state police have landed themselves in a sticky situation with their one wing recommending Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh for the state award for his devotion to duty ahead of the Republic Day, while another wing accusing him of having links with drug smugglers.
The recommendation, based on SSP’s role in solving series of targeted killings, was allegedly made in a controversial manner in the last few days when DGP Suresh Arora was out of the state for attending a national conference of the DGPs.
Usually, a committee of officials from the Home and Police Departments makes recommendations. The committee had listed six names, but a separate communication from the DGP office recommended Raj Jit Singh’s name as well. The recommendation letter, however, did not have the approval of the DGP or the committee.
It is learnt that the Home Department has returned the file to the DGP saying proper procedure was not followed. Sources said the DGP was unlikely to approve the recommendation as any official facing an inquiry could not be recommended for any award. They said a final decision was yet to be taken.
The SSP is under investigation over his alleged drug links by a committee of police officers monitored by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His name figures in the investigation by the Special Task Force into the drug network of arrested Inspector Inderjit Singh. It was alleged that Inderjit was his favourite and was mostly posted in his district. Also, a retired DSP had given a statement before a judge linking the SSP with Inspector Inderjit.
SSP Raj Jit Singh had contested the allegations. He had moved the High Court claiming innocence and fearing false implication by the STF. He had also approached the Home Department for shifting the inquiry to the CBI or any other investigating agency outside Punjab.

Khalsa Diwan ex-chief, son

booked on principal’s plaint

Amritsar, December 30- On the directions of DGP Suresh Arora, the local police have booked former Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) head Charanjit Singh Chadha and his son, Inderbir Singh, on the complaint of a school principal, who was purportedly seen with Chadha in a “sleazy” video.
A case was registered at Islamabad police station under Sections 354 (assault and use of criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word or making gesture intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the IPC and Sections 67 and 67-A of the Information Technology Act.
The principal of a CKD-run school had accused Chadha of misusing his position and “compelling her to have physical relations”. “When I refused, he threatened me,” the woman said. She added that Inderbir threatened her on the phone.
A three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed under ADCP (Crime) Harjit Singh Dhaliwal to probe the charges. The SIT  also includes ACP (Licensing) Parvinder Kaur and cyber cell incharge  Vivinder Mahajan.
Khalsa College Council expels Chadha
The Khalsa College Governing Council today expelled Chadha, its vice president, on the directions of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
Council president Satyajit Singh Majithia, in a communiqué to Chadha, said: “After viewing the objectionable clip and the complaint made by a woman against you with the police, I am constrained to exercise the powers vested in me as the president to relieve you from the post of vice president with immediate effect.”


CM Capt Amarinder Singh in Patna to

attend closing ceremony of Parkash Utsav

Patna, December 22- Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh arrived in Patna on Friday to attend the closing ceremony of ‘Prakash Utsav’, held to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
Capt Amarinder Singh met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter’s official residence on Friday.
The closing ceremony of the yearlong celebrations begins on Friday, with a cultural programme at Patna’s SK Memorial Hall. The ceremony will continue until December 25.


Parties to shun political

conferences at Jor Mela

Chandigarh, December 22- The Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today announced not to hold political conferences during Shaheedi Jor Mela in Fatehgarh Sahib. The mela, held every year in December-end, commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s younger Sahibzade.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had yesterday decided not to organise its conference on the religious occasion.
Earlier today, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh issued directions to all political parties to desist from holding political functions that undermined the Jor Mela’s sanctity. SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal appealed to various parties to abide by the Jathedar’s directions.
The parties’ decision followed a sustained campaign from a section of the Sikh community on social media, where the former were accused of belittling the occasion. Activists of the Guru Satkar Committee also sat on a relay fast in front of a conference venue.
Leading a delegation, former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh had yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner, demanding that no permission be granted for such conferences.
In a press release, the Congress said today: “Respecting the sentiments of the people and keeping in view the sanctity of the occasion, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has decided against holding any political conference during the Shaheedi Jor Mela in Fatehgarh Sahib.”
Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra said: “Banning political conferences had been a long-pending demand from various quarters.”
Former Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal said, “Respecting the directions of the SGPC, no political conference will be organised at the Jor Mela.” He said the SGPC was right in noting that the atmosphere of the pious occasion was vitiated due to political mud-slinging.
Bir Devinder thanked the SGPC and political parties for having taken a decision in the interests of the public.


Violence in Patiala,

Akalis to move court

Patiala, December 18- Even as visuals of Akali Mayor Amrinder Singh Bazaz being thrashed and his turban tossed allegedly by Congress workers were flashing across news channels, District Electoral Officer Kumar Amit claimed that “the polling was peaceful as his team and police kept a close eye on the entire exercise”.
Nevertheless, stray incidents of firing were also reported in Ward Nos. 20 and 60. At least 13 persons were reportedly injured in clashes at various places.
Since morning when the polling began at 8 am, Congress candidates and their supporters were seen gathering outside polling booths. SAD workers alleged that the police were selective in their approach and allowed easy access to Congress supporters, while all others were thrown out.
They alleged that at many booths, voters were told that their vote had been polled. In a majority of the wards, Congress supporters voted more than 12 times without any ink mark on their finger, they alleged, adding that in Ward No. 54, the son of the Congress candidate and his supporters were seen misbehaving with voters standing in the queue. Bazaz was attacked and his turban was tossed in the melee. “The Congress knows that they have failed to win the trust of the voters. They thus attacked us in a desperate bid to win the seat,” alleged Bazaz, whose wife was a candidate.
Senior Akali leader and former minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said: “It is the murder of democracy. The district administration has failed even as Congress candidates and their supporters captured booths and misused power.”
“Our repeated pleas of videography of the polling process were turned down and our candidates were threatened,” he alleged.
Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP, alleged that he saw many Congress candidates ensured in connivance with the police that their supporters were allowed multiple entries inside polling stations. He said they would approach the court as the Patiala DC and the SSP acted as Congress agents.
He said they had apprised the DC of the Congress “highhandedness”. “If suitable action is not initiated, we will announce our next step in Fatehgarh Sahib on December 26,” he said.
In contrast, Kumar Amit claimed that the polling process was peaceful and barring a few incidents, there were no complaints with him. “You can send me a representation if there was anything wrong,” he said.
Preneet Kaur, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Patiala, said the Akalis tried their best to scare away voters, but they failed miserably. “Besides instigating violence here and there, the Akalis indulged in rumour mongering in a desperate effort to keep the voters away,” she alleged.
While the CM did not turn up, Preneet Kaur along with her supporters cast her vote, so did Health Minister Brahm Mohindra and his family.


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