Capt guns for DGP’s head after ex-CJ ‘indictment’

State Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday sought the removal of DGP Sumedh Singh Saini after his "severe indictment" by then Chief Justice (CJ) of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice T S Thakur — now a sitting Supreme Court judge — in a letter to the Chief Justice of India in 2008.

In a statement, Amarinder said that in the observations made against Saini as the director of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in 2008 for tapping telephones, the then CJ had noted that "the nature of organised crime or case involving security of the state" were not available in the records as Saini had tried to make out for tapping the phones. Thakur had also said that "it is difficult to appreciate immediate provocation, which the Vigilance Bureau had for demanding the permission for tapping", he added.

Claiming that Saini's attempts to tap telephones were clearly aimed at targeting and maligning Justice (retd) Mehtab Singh Gill, who had referred his case to the CBI, Amarinder said: "This was a clear intimidation of the judiciary aimed at threatening it that in case they went against him (Saini) he could resort to such methods." He added that though phones of judges were not tapped, the names of seven sitting judges were deliberately mentioned with a malafide intent in the reports.

Amarinder further said that Thakur had taken strong exception to Saini's handing over of all CD recordings and reports to then Punjab Advocate General H S Mattewal, who, he had written, had no locus standi in the administrative hierarchy of Punjab nor was there any occasion for Saini to seek his advice in the matter.

Quoting the letter that Thakur had written to then Chief Justice of India Justice Balakrishnan, who had sought his comments on the issue of phone-tapping by Saini, Amarinder said: "Justice Thakur had said he closely examined the issue of telephone tapping by scrutinising the records and summoning the concerned officers. Until then, neither Punjab Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh nor Home Secretary B C Gupta, nor DGP N P S Aulakh had any inkling about the results of the phone tapping exercise, which is a clear case of Saini turning to be a law unto himself."

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