No respite for top cop GP Singh from Chhattisgarh High Court

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Raipur, 23 July. In a setback to suspended Additional Director General of Police Gurjinder Pal Singh, the Chhattisgarh High Court has dismissed the petition seeking a CBI inquiry into the disproportionate assets case and revoking the sedition case against him.

A single bench of Justice NK Vyas pronounced the verdict after hearing both the petitions filed by the now-suspended ADG through his counsel Kishore Bhaduri. Additional Advocate General Amritodas appeared on behalf of the government in the sedition case, whereas Rajya Sabha member and Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi appeared on behalf of ACB in the disproportionate assets case.

Chhattisgarh police had lodged a case of sedition against suspended IPS GP Singh for conspiring against the government. An FIR against Singh under IPC Sections 124 A (sedition) and 153 A (hate speech) was registered on ACB and EOW’s complaint at Kotwali police station in Raipur late Thursday night. This is the first case of sedition against a senior All India service official in the state.

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Economic Investigation Wing (EOW) filed the complaint based on documents and tool kits recovered during raids on the controversial officer’s premises recently. ACB officials claimed he was conspiring against the government. His premises were raided on July 1 after series of complaints of misconduct against him.

ACB claimed unaccounted money worth several cores  Rupees were recovered in about 75 hours of raids. Subsequently, he was booked under Section 13(1)B, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2018. The ACB and EOW officials lodged an FIR against him under Sedition Act after probing diaries and electronic documents recovered during the raids.

The officer, however, took refuge in the High Court challenging the police narrative against him. Demanding a CBI inquiry into his case senior counsel Kishore Bhaduri said that GP Singh in his petition has accused the state government of resorting to malicious action. He alleged that he is being implicated for giving in to pressure from senior government officials to do wrong things. 

ACB claims it has recovered dossiers, toolkit documents, and pen drives from his official bungalow. And it has concluded after examining the documents that he was conspiring against the government. Approving the action being taken against former ACB chief and suspended IPS GP Singh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel clarified that the ACB has initiated action only based on documents.

Assets worth several crores were recovered raids conducted by the investigation team of ACB and EOW during the 75 hours of raids. The ACB team had registered a case against GP Singh under Section 13(1)B, 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2018 as amended. The government slapped a suspension against him based on the findings of raids.

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