CBI arrests 2 senior police officers in Moga Sex scandal

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Chandigarh, Feb 26: The CBI today arrested two senior police officers in connection with the sensational Moga sex scandal case in which several prominent people including politicians, businessmen and journalists were allegedly engaged in "extortion" after trapping unsuspecting people.

The CBI today arrested Devinder Singh Garcha, an IPS officer currently posted as SP, Security wing at the state headquarters here, and Paramjit Singh Sandhu, who is posted as SP, HQ, Ropar. Garcha was SSP of Moga while Sandhu was SP, HQ, Moga during the racket involving call girls, which came to light in April last year after following arrests of two women under the Immoral Trafficking Act.

The CBI team has also carried out a raid at the residence of Garcha in Jalandhar today but refused to reveal the details. The two officers will be produced in the Special CBI court on feb 27. The Punjab Government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the case.

Recently, the matter came to the Supreme Court after Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the CBI to take over the investigation and Punjab Government moved the apex court contending that the High Court order would virtually stall the proceeding in the trial court.

The apex court on February 7 had stayed the High Court directive and asked the agency to file the status report in the case. Thereafter, the CBI in its status report to SC had submitted that the CBI probe into the case was almost over and it had quizzed over 100 people so far. The apex probe agency was also collecting property details of suspects, including senior police officers, involved in the scam.

Two women, Manpreet Kaur and Manjeet Kaur, who in connivance with police officials, allegedly threatened innocent people with slapping of sexual abuse, to extort money, two municipal councillors, two ASIs including Raman Kumar, then SHO Moga City, one photo journalist were among 15 people arrested earlier in the case by the SIT.

UNI

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