Raipur. Suspended ADG GP Singh’s troubles, implicated in disproportionate assets and sedition cases, do not seem to be diminishing at the moment. The debate in the High Court lasted for two hours on Tuesday. After hearing both sides, the court has reserved the decision. Presenting a new petition in the court, IPS GP Singh had demanded the cancellation of the criminal case. It said that the government had not followed the legal process before the FIR. A single bench of Justice Rajni Dubey heard the matter.
In the petition presented in the High Court through advocate Ashutosh Pandey, he said that before the FIR under Section 17 (a), it is necessary to take permission from the General Administration Department and the Central Personnel Department, but the same was not done. He took information from the Central Personnel Department and the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Right to Information Act. Therefore, the petitioner has sought quashing of the FIR. Also, as an interim relief, a stay on the FIR was sought till the matter was heard.
In the petition, he said that he has served in the post of IPS for 19 years. During this, the state government appreciated his outstanding work and he received many awards. Overnight he was accused of corruption. In the petition, he said that along with the case of acquiring disproportionate assets, he was implicated systematically in the case of sedition.
The petitioner’s advocate said that the state government fixed the provision of section 17(a) only to take action against the IPS officer. It is a rule made by the central government. This rule prevents an officer from being a victim of harassment in the name of investigation and action. But, the government has bypassed this process itself. During the hearing, the government argued that the rule does not apply to GP Singh.
IPS GP Singh had filed a petition in the Supreme Court. But, he could not get relief even from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court transferred his petition to the High Court. Meanwhile, GP Singh’s advocate withdrew the petition, this is the reason that this time, again on his behalf, by filing a petition under section 482, challenging the criminal case and demanding cancellation.
GP Singh’s advocate had earlier challenged the criminal case under a writ petition. He had demanded an investigation from an impartial agency, terming the state government action as illegal and a conspiracy.