IPS officers seek probe into ‘transfer racket’
LUCKNOW: A delegation of the IPS Association met chief secretary Alok Ranjan on Wednesday, demanding a thorough probe and stringent action against those found guilty in the alleged transfer and promotion racket supposedly involving senior IPS officers. The racket was unearthed following the arrest of Shailendra Agarwal in Agra.
The IPS Association came took after Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh wrote a letter to it, demanding an investigation into the racket following reports that it involved senior police officers.
“The Association must take up the issue with the government and table a report during its next meeting,” Yadav stated in his letter.
Taking serious note of the letter, a meeting of IPS Association’s core group was held on Wednesday morning. Thereafter, the Association’s three-member delegation led by vice president and additional director general (ADG) government railway police (GRP) Javeed Ahmed met the chief secretary and then the director general of police (DGP).
Meanwhile DGP AK Jain said investigations so far have revealed that Shailendra was using a special software to clone the CUG numbers of the top brass in the state to get officials transferred.
“He has cloned the DGP’s CUG number as well,” he said, adding that in all, 27 criminal cases have been filed against Shailendra since his arrest on May 20. A special cell has been constituted under deputy inspector general (DIG) Agra Laxmi Singh to probe these cases, he said.
Shailendra Agarwal, a self-proclaimed SP leader, was exposed as an alleged fraud after an FIR was lodged against him with the Agra police for not repaying Rs 20 lakh that he had taken as loan from two persons.
When the police tried to tighten the noose around Shailendra, they got a phone call supposedly from DGP headquarters to go slow on the case.
It was only after the Agra police decided to verify if the DGP headquarters had made any such call that Shailendra’s con job was exposed. He was subsequently arrested and his cell phones seized. On scrutiny of his cell phone, investigators came across shocking details.
IPS officer and social activist Amitabh Thakur on Wednesday said as per the information gathered by him, at least two former DGPs were allegedly involved in the racket.
“There are SMS and WhatsApp messages that show that AC Sharma and AL Banerjee were in touch with Shailendra Agarwal for posting and promotion of police inspectors for amount running into lakhs of rupees,” Thakur said on Wednesday.