Controversial Punjab Police Officer Rajjit Singh Dismissed For ‘Role In Drugs Trade’

Controversial Punjab Police Officer Rajjit Singh, who was posted as Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of NRI affairs, has been dismissed for his role in the drug trade and is facing a vigilance probe into the sources of his wealth.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered the dismissal of controversial police officer Rajjit Singh for his alleged involvement in a nexus between police and drug dealers.

Tweeting the information Monday, Mann said Rajjit will also face a vigilance probe into the sources of his wealth. 

Rajjit Singh, an officer of the Punjab Police Service (PPS), has served as senior superintendent of police (SSP) in several districts of Punjab. At the time of his dismissal, he was posted as assistant inspector general (AIG), NRI affairs.

A special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police had indicted Rajjit Singh for allegedly patronising — for several years — a tainted junior policeman who is accused of facilitating drug smuggling besides planting drugs on people to extort money. 

The policeman in question — Inderjit Singh — has served as an inspector at various places in Punjab and was arrested in January 2017 by the state task force (STF) to control drug abuse. As much as 4 kg of heroin, an AK 47, and Rs 16 lakh is said to have been recovered from his residence in Kapurthala. 

He was subsequently dismissed from service. 

In November 2017, the matter of Inderjit Singh’s dismissal and the possible complicity of Rajjit Singh, then posted as SSP, was brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by senior advocate Anupam Gupta. This was during the hearing on a public interest litigation on controlling drug abuse in the state.

The high court ordered the setting up of an SIT to probe Rajjit’s alleged complicity. The SIT, headed by Siddharth Chattopadhyaya — a 1986-batch IPS officer — submitted three detailed reports on Rajjit to the high court in 2018. The reports were lying in sealed covers with the court, until last month.

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