Raipur: The Sword of Damocles
hanging over suspended Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) G P Singh
as High Court of Chhattisgarh is set to conduct final hearing of his case on
November 10, 2021. The suspended IPS is facing charges of sedition and
accumulating disproportionate assets. It is to be mentioned, Supreme Court has
lifted the ban on the arrest of the IPS Officer six days back and made a strong
comment while denying relief. The Supreme Court has granted permission of 8
weeks for the hearing of the case in the High Court.
A businessman had lodged an FIR with Smruti Nagar Police station of Bhilai two months back. The FIR read that the IPS Officer had demanded Rs 1 crore by threatening to implicate him in a false case. The businessman gave away Rs 20 lakh and the matter was said to have happened in 2015-16. The police had registered a case under IPC 388 and other Sections in the matter. After this, G P Singh filed a petition in the High Court seeking a stay on the action.
The court had ordered a stay
The hearing of this case is being done by a single bench of Justice N K Vyas who ordered a stay on the action giving the suspended IPS officer a major relief. Earlier, a case of disproportionate assets and sedition was registered against him by the Raipur Police. G P Singh had also filed a petition in the High Court regarding this matter. In these cases, he did not get relief from the High Court. After this GP Singh moved the Supreme Court.
Files of old case reopen
In the year 2013, a youth named Durlabh Kumar Agrawal, who lived in Devendra Nagar, Raipur had complained that the then Raipur SP, O P Pal, and DSP Archana Jha had assaulted him. This case was closed by G P Singh without investigation. Special D G Ashok Juneja will now investigate this case.
In 2016, G P Singh was the Durg IG while Naxalite leader Pahar Singh surrendered. During the ACB raids, accounts of crores of rupees were found from Pahar Singh. It was learned that the money found with Pahar Singh was kept with some businessmen, but G P Singh had intimidated them by taking money from those businessmen. The investigation in this matter will be done by the Durg IG Vivekananda Sinha.
Social activist Manjit Kaur Bal complained that GP Singh had tried to save Kamalakant Tiwari, an accused in some criminal cases. Raipur Range IG Anand Chhabra will investigate the matter.
A glimpse of action so far taken on GP Singh and property found in the raids
ACB-EOW teams conducted simultaneous raids in Raipur, Rajnandgaon, and Odisha at 6 am on July 1.
FIR was lodged against GP Singh. On the second day on Friday, after a day-long investigation, movable and immovable assets worth Rs 5 crore surfaced. Official information was given about getting assets of Rs 10 crores and more.
GP Singh has also been accused of assaulting a youth in Raipur, exchanging money with a Naxal commander who surrendered in Bhilai, helping an accused in a case in Raipur. These old file cases are being reopened.
Amidst all these cases, on July 5, the state government suspended ADG GP Singh.