Former top cops slam sub-inspector’s suspension
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Former top cops of Maharashtra have slammed the suspension of traffic sub-inspector Sachin Suryawanshi, calling the move "preposterous and demoralising''. The suspension was not in line with the norms laid down in the police discipline and conduct rules, they said.
Suryawanshi had accosted MLA Kshitij Thakur of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi for over speeding on the Bandra-Worli Seal Link last Monday and fined him for the violation, following which an altercation ensued that was recorded by both the policeman and the MLA on their mobile phones.
Thakur had moved a breach of privilege motion against Suryavanshi in the Assembly the next day. The same evening, Suryawanshi was beaten up by a group of MLAs, including Thakur and MNS MLA Ram Kadam in the Vidhan Bhawan lobby.
"The suspension is pending inquiry, but why didn't they suspend him in the beginning? I don't know if he (Suryawanshi) had misbehaved, but if he had done so, action should have been taken against him right away. Instead, he was beaten up by MLAs. Suspension at a belated stage is an afterthought. It has only complicated matters. It is preposterous and will demoralise the police," former Maharashtra DGP K Subramanyam told Newsline
On Wednesday, Speaker in the state Assembly Dilip Walse-Patil suspended five MLAs including Thakur and Kadam, for beating up Suryawanshi. Thakur and Kadam were arrested on Thursday, but were granted bail on Monday after having spent three days in police and judicial custody.
The state's action to suspend Suryawanshi is based on the findings of the inquiry undertaken by Deputy Commissioner of Police S R Nilewadi which allegedly indicate that the police officer had violated the code of conduct.
Jayant Umranikar, former Director General (Special Operations) said as per norms, a policeman is suspended when the lapses he is accused of could result in his removal or dismissal from the force.