Jammu and Kashmir
JAMMU, Apr 7: Majority of the officers and officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police who has faced corruption charges have remained unpunished during the past several years despite numerous directives from the State High Court.
Cases even in the Fire and Emergency Services and Prisons are also facing delays on ‘unjustified’ grounds.
A total of 31 departmental enquiries relating to charges of corruption are pending in Police Department (excluding those from Vigilance Organization), 4 cases in Fire and Emergency Services Department and one case in Prisons Department.
On March 14, 2016, the Division Bench of the High Court granted three weeks time to the Home Secretary to file status report with regard to pending departmental enquiries.
Principal Secretary Home filled a report in the High Court yesterday, clearly reveals that no seriousness is being shown to take the departmental enquiries to punish those facing corruption charges.
Out of 31 pending departmental cases, there is no worthy progress in over 20 cases.
The legal experts quoted that on examining the report, it can be easily understood that there are no efforts to cleanse the Police Department of corrupt elements, adding delay in initiating action against those facing corruption charges only boosts the morale of corrupt officers and officials”.
A corruption case against five persons including a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Inspector was registered way back in 2003 at Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir but till date none of the corrupt official has been punished in the time period of 13 years.
Now, the Home Department says that sanction has been accorded for prosecution in favour of four accused including DySP Khurshid Ahmad Mir and Inspector Mohd Nasir Bhat but has not been revealed in the status report.
Similarly, two police officials including the then Inspector Shafiq Ahmad Hakim (presently DySP) were booked in the year 2009 by the Crime Branch Jammu.
In this case, charge sheet was filed in the trial court, dated 16-3-2013 had returned the file for re-investigation. What happened thereafter has not been revealed in the status report.
In many cases involving several officials particularly Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors namely Mohd Amin, Nazir Ahmad, Mohd Farooq, Tariq Ahmad and Kirti Bhushan etc, the status report simply says, the matter has been taken up with Director General of Police, Inspector General of Police and concerned SSPs and investigation is under progress.
No progress has been made in cases involving officers of the level of Inspectors and above, where in 31 cases, only two have been challaned.
But, no action has been taken for initiating action against corrupt officials namely Zahoor Ahmad, Hira Lal and Arshid Hussain.
The Principal Secretary Home said that the Inquiry Officer has submitted this report about one case of Prisons Department involving Rajni Sehgal, the then Superintendent District Jail Jammu which upon examination in the Home Department, has been referred to the Prisons Department for seeking certain clarifications.