Gambling money ‘loot’ by cops: HC issues notices
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notices to Punjab government and other respondents on a petition filed by former high court judge, Ajit Singh Bains, seeking directions for completion of probe regarding alleged looting of gambling money by some senior Punjab Police officers.
Justice Bains, also the Chairman of Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), said in his petition that the scam was "being hushed up due to involvement of high profile people including two relatives of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some senior police officers."
In the petition, filed through counsel RS Bains, the former judge also sought directions to Inspector General of Police (Crime) SS Chauhan to complete the inquiry/ investigation entrusted to him by the Principal Secretary (Home).
The petitioner stated that the inquiry was regarding "gambling money looted by senior Punjab Police officers, including former Commissioner of Police, Amritsar; and an FIR (dated October 9, 2011) stood registered under the provisions of the Gambling Act at Amritsar Sadar Police Station."
Justice Bains has submitted that in October, 2011, "The police had conducted a raid at Shalimar Night organised by a club in Amritsar and apprehended 180 couples from rich families and recovered Rs 80 lakh. But, the case was registered only against 42 persons and a cash recovery of only Rs 9 lakh was shown. Investigations carried by PHRO found that senior police officers in Amritsar were forming a gang with main motive to loot the money from gambling in Diwali season."
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