Published October 19, 2012 | 6:13 pm
Chandigarh: To give a strong message to the bureaucrats, the Punjab Government has suspended two senior police officers including Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Vigilance, SK Asthana and Superintendent of Police (SP) Dharm Singh Uppal.
While Asthana has been suspended with immediate effect for keeping unauthorised manpower, Uppal has been suspended for intimidating witnesses.
They were also accused of allegedly misusing junior cops for personal work.
It is alleged that SK Asthana, had employed 31 personnel from the Punjab Police and Home Guards department at his official residence, who were engaged in doing household work for him like servants.
The action has been taken on the directive of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the Home portfolio.
Earlier,Asthana was replaced as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Patiala range by the Election Commission before the Punjab assembly polls.
The department also proposes to take action against government wings that illegally provided manpower to Asthana.
The inquiry report says that the IGP took “police and Home Guards personnel without the sanction of the competent authority. The unauthorised manpower was misused for personal work”.
Superintendent of Police Uppal has been suspended following reports that he intimidated witnesses in an assault case in which his son has been named an accused.
A probe has also been ordered in the case. Sukhbir Badal warned officials to refrain from indulging in such action or they will face music.