Sting operation landed the policemen in trouble
Ludhiana, October 13, 2023: As per media reports, in a 20 year old bribr case, The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Dr Ajit Atri has convicted 13 policemen. The Court has been sentenced to undergo imprisonment of 5 years each and Fine of Rs 10,000 each was also imposed upon the accused policemen. All accused were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of verdict by the court.
According to the news published in The Tribune, those convicted include Sub-Inspector Darshan Ram of Barnala, Head Constable Milkha Singh resident of Ropar, Head Constables Jaswinder Singh and Sartaj Singh, both residents of Ludhiana, Head Constable Amrik Singh of Jagraon in Ludhiana, Head Constable Amrik Singh of Adampur in Jalandhar, Head Constable Kuldeep Singh of Police Colony of Division No.5, Ludhiana, Head Constable Jai Kishan of Kishore Nagar, near Samrala Chowk, Ludhiana, Head Constable Baldev Singh, New Shivpuri, Ludhiana, Constable Palwinder Singh of Bakshiwal village, PS Kalanaur, Gurdaspur, Constable Rakesh Kumar of Indra Colony, Industrial Area-A, Ludhiana, Constable Amrik Singh resident of Bhangali Kalan village, Majitha, in Amritsar and SPO Prem Singh of Dehra tehsil in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
Delivering the verdict, the court stated: “The accused as a group were indulging in the act of corruption in a very organized manner. Had there been no sting operation by the alleged co-accused, their sinister designs would not have come to light. The acts of the convicts spread over the large scale and in various fields make it more serious”.
“The convicts are police officials who are supposed to come to the rescue of the victims of the incident and are to provide them the redressal at the very initial stage of the dispute rather than taking the benefit of someone’s difficulty to gain financially. The impact of the police corruption could be far reaching.
The complainant Subhash Chander Kundra, a Katty resident, was also made accused in the case but he was acquitted by the court. He had carried out the sting operation of accused persons taking and talking about bribe money. He has claimed himself to be the whistleblower and arrayed as an accused of abetment of corruption instead of making him as witness. The police had recovered the bribe money from five of the accused ranging from Rs 100 to 500.
Divulging the details, Additional Public Prosecutor Amandeep Singh Adiwal apprised that a case against the accused persons was registered at Division No. 6 police station on April 20, 2003.
-The Tribune reported.