Moga SSP at centre of power struggle between DGPs
Chandigarh: The Punjab Police seem to be split over Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal. One group wants to investigate Raj Jit’s role in a drug smuggling case and the other certifies him as an honest officer.He is at the centre of a power struggle for the post of the DGP, Punjab. An open war is being fought in the courts, besides allegations and counter-allegations flying thick and high in meetings with the Chief Minister over him.How it all beganThe trouble started in June last year when the STF, headed by ADGP Harpreet Singh Sidhu, questioned Raj Jit for his allegedly patronising Inspector Inderjit Singh, who was arrested with 4-kg heroin. The SSP moved the High Court, alleging that he was being framed due to department politics. The court formed an SIT, comprising DGP (HRD) SK Chattopadhyaya, Prabodh Kumar, Director, Bureau of Investigation, and Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, IGP.While the probe was underway, Raj Jit continued on the SSP’s post despite opposition from within the department and many Congress MLAs.
In the first week of November last year, Raj Jit hogged the limelight after the police claimed success in targeting killing cases. All investigations and interrogation of the accused were held in Moga.A month later, Raj Jit’s name was recommended for the Police Medal for his role in solving the series of killings. But the move was scrapped following media reports exposing the award recommendation for a “tainted” officer.
In the meantime, a controversy erupted over the viral video of the then Chief Khalsa Diwan president Charanjit Singh Chadha and the subsequent suicide by his son Inderpreet Chadha. The latter had accused the investigating officers of harassing him. DGP Chhatopadhyaya was among the investigating officers. This opened a new front against him. He is a contender for the post of the DGP, Punjab. He was close to Capt Amarinder during his previous term (2002-07).