Former Punjab DGP used former terrorists to grab properties

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Chandigarh, Sep 12 (UNI) Former Punjab DGP S S Virk has been charged of 'keeping a private group of former terorists to grab and retain ill-gotten properties'.

According to the FRI registered by the Vigilance Bureau against the detained DGP, 'such elements' included one former terrorist Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukhi, resident of Jalandhar.

The Bureau had raided the Jalandhar house of Sukhi on Sunday, the day it arrested Mr Virk in a disproportionate assets case.

The FIR states that during the days of terrorism in Punjab, Sukhwinder Singh had been arrested by the Punjab Police in Ludhiana district. Mr Virk was serving as DIG CRPF Jalandhar at that time.

He (Virk) abused his official position to get the terrorist released. In police records Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi was falsely shown to have escaped from the custody of the police, the FIR alleged.

Terrorist Sukhi was given a fake identity of Harjit Singh Kahlon by Mr Virk. The terrorist was wanted in several killing cases and a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from him but the entire matter and the cases against him were hushed up in order to use his service for illegal activities, according to the FIR.

The FIR further goes onto stated that the former DGP abused his official position to promote a business involving sale of security equipment of a retired CRPF officer, one Anurag Saxena, based in Delhi. While serving in the state of Punjab, Mr Virk fradulently purchased security equipments worth crores of rupees from Anurag Saxena and took huge amount of illegal gratification from him.

According to the FIR terrorist Sukhwinder Singh alias Harjit Singh Kahlon and Anurag Saxena also jointly ran a travel agency under the patronage Mr Virk. Several illegal emigrants were sent to foreign countries by charging them large amount of money, the FIR alleged.

Hence Mr Virk being a public sevant in connivance with other persons committed offences under sections 168, 169, 216, 218, 120-B IPC and 7, 13 (1)(d)(e) r/w 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the FIR stated.


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