Punjab Govt asks ECI to shift SHO Bajwa; SSP Bhullar indicts SHO in his inquiry report

DW Bureau | Chandigarh

The Punjab Government on Wednesday requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to shift the Mehalpur SHO, listing out several instances of alleged ‘misconduct’ on his part following an inquiry report submitted by Jalandhar (Rural) SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, it is learnt.

The SHO, Parminder Singh Bajwa shot to limelight a few days ago after he registered an FIR against Congress leader Hardev Singh Ladi within hours of the party announcing his nomination for the Shahkot by-election. The Punjab Police’s report has been sent to the ECI along with the SSP’s inquiry report and also the observations of the IG Jalandhar Naunihal Singh.

Sources said that Bhullar who had earlier recommended Bajwa’s name among the three candidates to the ECI for his posting as the SHO Mehatpur found several instances of “misconduct” against the SHO and recommended action against him. While the police officer, Bajwa had not been attending to his official duty, he also had issued statements in a section of press against Ladi.

The State Government too had sent a report to the Election Commission of India a couple of days ago, raising serious doubts over the SHO’s role in the entire case and requested the Commission to hold a fair inquiry at its level into the charges both against the Congress nominee Ladi as well as the SHO.

It may be mentioned that the Capt Amarinder Singh Government was left red-faced after the registration of FIR against its candidate for the Shahkot by-election in connection with alleged illegal sand mining. The Mehatpur SHO, Bajwa had registered the case against the Congress candidate within hours of the party announcing his nomination on the basis of a complaint forwarded to him by the SSP asking him to “inquire and report” into the allegations against Ladi.

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