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CBI questions Ferozepur Range IG over bribery case

Ferozepur: A CBI team questioned IG Ferozepur Range here in connection with a complained filed by a former SSP, against whom he had ordered re-initiation of action in an old case pertaining to the alleged harassment of a revenue official, agency sources said today.

IG Ferozepur Range Gurinder Singh Dhillon

A team of the central investigative agency reached here last evening and accompanied by the SSP Ferozepur, they went to IG Gurinder Singh Dhillon’s official residence here, the sources said.

The CBI sleuths continued their probe till early morning. The team had also gone to the IG’s Patiala residence yesterday evening, they said.

Former SSP Shiv Kumar Sharma had recently filed the complaint against the IG alleging that a resident of Ludhiana of allegedly demanded bribe of Rs 22 lakh on behalf of Dhillon to let him off the hook in the harassment case.

Sharma alleged that he paid money to the Ludhiana resident. He is the main accused in a nine-year-old case of alleged harassment and frame up of revenue official Mohan Singh Patwari.

The IG had recently ordered re-initiation of action against Sharma in the case.

The CBI arrested a middleman in Ludhiana allegedly while he was receiving a bribe of Rs 10 lakh on behalf of the inspector general, officials said.

The team took away the relevant documents related to the ongoing investigation being conducted by the SIT into the revenue official case which Dhillon was heading, the CBI sources said.

Later, talking to reporters today, Dhillon said attempts were to sabotage the ongoing investigations in the case which was registered following a probe by a senior IAS officer.

Regarding the complaint lodged by Sharma to the CBI, Dhillon said the accused were trying to intimidate him since he was the monitoring officer in the case

“We will not allow the investigations, which are at a conclusive stage, to be hampered by such false complaints,” he said.

He said the SIT was conducting a probe on merit with all honesty, based on facts that emerged during the course of investigation, all of which was brought on record.

When contacted, Mohan Singh Patwari said the CBI compliant was lodged to put pressure on Dhillon who was conducting the probe with honesty.


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