4 policemen punished for helping drug accused get bail: High Court

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More than six months after the state police found itself in the dock for helping accused get default bail, punishment orders have been passed against four policemen. An Inspector, Jagbir Singh, has also been identified as “guilty official” before being nominated as an accused in a pending FIR.The police had found itself in trouble in August last year after it corroborated the alibi set up an alleged smuggler that he was with the policemen in a hotel near Chandigarh and on the other, it recorded the statement of a cop claiming that the accused fled from Tarn Taran after being intercepted by a police party.Justice Rajan Gupta had then asked the Director-General of Police to look into the matter. The developments took place on a petition by Dharminder Singh for pre-arrest bail in a case under of the NDPS Act registered on June 19, 2014, in Amritsar district.The court was told that the FIR was registered on secret information that the accused had Pakistani SIM cards and mobile phones and were carrying smuggled heroin through the international border with Pakistan.A vehicle coming from Attari border was then intercepted. While one Balkar Singh was apprehended, three accused Davinder Singh, Swaran Singh and Dharminder Singh succeeded in fleeing. As the police failed to submit challan within the prescribed period, Balkar Singh was granted bail.An affidavit was filed in the court stating that a departmental inquiry was ordered against the officials responsible for the late presentation of the challan. Besides, the petitioner’s alibi was accepted that on the day of occurrence he was in a hotel on the Zirakpur-Shimla highway along with Inspector Jagbir Singh, Inspector Bhupinder Singh and DSP Tejinder Singh Virk.Justice Gupta had asserted: “This court finds the stand of the investigating agency totally contradictory. On one hand it recorded the statement of Head Constable Salwinder Singh, who stated that petitioner was present at the spot at the time of occurrence and fled the scene and on the other, they have believed the alibi set up by Dharminder Singh.”

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