Chandigarh confidential

Capt survives, again

Though belated, lady luck seems to be smiling on Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh. While his detractors upped the ante during Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit and even as a change of guard seemed imminent as Rahul donned a bigger role in the party, Captain continues to stay at the helm. All the talk of the high command asking him to hang up his boots before Parliament's winter session has proved to be just grapevine. His detractors now state that Punjab is not the party's only worry as it battles bigger wars on FDI and Lokpal. Did you say, sour grapes.

Not at 'home' police ADG

Even as the Punjab Police headquarters has set up a special lounge for the media, the Punjab Police Housing Corporation, which ironically deals with furnishing homes, is quite the opposite. Not only is ADG R P Singh, who heads the corporation, usually missing from his seat, he also prefers not to answer calls and SMSes. The burly guard at the office too seems to follow his boss in letter and spirit. He tries to debar entry saying no officer is inside. If you insist on still meeting the one officer present, his advice: "come tomorrow." Not used to hogging limelight in the media, the corporation is perhaps not used to hosting the media. It is another matter, when it comes to making homes of former DGPs comfortable, as the corporation can be rather lavish.

Gone, but not for good

The IPS officer who courted one controversy or the other, Surinder Pal Singh Virk, finally exited office on October 31. Even after retirement from service three years ago, Virk had been hired by the government as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) with the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. The senior officer has a history of being in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Punjab Police, a couple of months ago, had booked him along with four other vigilance officials for falsely registering a case against Mohan Singh, a patwari. In the Kharar shoot out case relating to senior Akali Dal leader Kiranbir Singh Kang, the police have now submitted a challan in a local court against Virk for murder, fabricating evidence, forgery and criminal conspiracy. About two years ago, the Mohali court, which acquitted Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family members in a disproportionate assets case, had ordered his prosecution for perjury and misconduct. This may not be the last time you hear of him.

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