Punjab Police have booked Deputy Inspector General of Police Lakhber Singh and Inspector Parjinder Singh for demanding bribe from Assistant Sub Inspector for not being involved in a drug case, at the request of the then Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Chain Firozhipur. Inderbier Singh.
DIG Inderbir, who was transferred from Ferozepur group to Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, recently denied the charges. He said, “There is no truth to such allegations.” However, senior Tarn Taran police officials said that a role for DIG is being considered.
While DSP Lakhbir is already in the custody of Punjab Police for allegedly taking bribes from a defendant in the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) case, Barjinder has been a reader with DIG Inderbir.
According to FIR recorded at City Patti Police Station in Tarn Taran District, Assistant Inspector Baljinder Singh of Police Lines Tarn Taran District claimed that on 11 December 2021, he received a call from Barjinder stating that he had been summoned by DIG Inderbir. ASI Baljinder was appointed as the head of the crime investigation agency in Patti at the time.
FIR says Balginder informed seniors in Tarn Taran and joined ASI Raschpal Singh. It is alleged that Inspector Parjinder escorted Baljinder to the Crime Investigation Agency staff office in Firozpur where officials conducted a drug test on Baljinder and allegedly detained him. It is alleged that Barjinder and crime investigation agency Firuzib Jagdish Kumar informed Baljinder that they were acting on the orders of the DIG.
Meanwhile, Asi Rachpal allegedly suggested that Jinder contact his relative, DSP Lakhbir. Raspal stayed with Balginder at the CIA office in Firozpur on the night of December 11, 2021.
Later, Raspal allegedly told Balkinder that DSP Lakhbir had demanded 35 lakh rupees for his release. The FIR says DSP Lakhbir threatened Baljinder that DIG Inderbir would implicate him in the NDPS case if he refused to pay the bribe. After a deal was struck for Rs 25,000, Balginder was released on December 12, 2021.
A day later, on December 13, Baljinder allegedly paid Rs 10,000 as a bribe to DSP Lakhbir after withdrawing money from his bank. According to FIR, Balginder sought more time to pay the rest of the money and later paid Rs 13,000, with Rs 2 lakh still outstanding.
In the FIR, Baljinder alleged that DSP Lakhbir and Inspector Barjinder used their official websites to threaten him and took bribes. A case was subsequently registered against Lakhbir and Barjinder under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 342, 388, 389 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.