Corruption: Suspended Chhattisgarh IPS officer GP Singh

Corruption: Suspended Chhattisgarh IPS officer GP Singh

A businessman claimed in a police complaint that GP Singh extorted 20 lakhs from him in 2016 through his associate Ranjeet Saini on the fear of constructing a bogus case. Days after Chhattisgarh Additional Director General of Police GP Singh was charged with extortion and sedition under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the police announced on Wednesday that a case of extortion has been filed against the suspended IPS officer in Durg.

According to Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Dhruv, an offence against IPS officer GP Singh was registered with Supela police station in Durg district on the basis of a businessman’s complaint under sections 388, 506 (criminal intimidation), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to Mr Dhruv, the businessman claimed that GP Singh extorted $20,000 from him in 2016 through his accomplice Ranjeet Saini on the threat of constructing a false case. He stated that the probe is still in its early stages and that no further information can be released. On June 29, the Chhattisgarh Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) filed a FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act against GP Singh, a 1994-batch IPS officer, after charges of accumulating excessive assets were submitted against him.

From July 1 to 3, the ACB conducted searches at 15 sites linked to the IPS officer for three days, claiming to have unearthed moveable and immovable assets valued around ten crore.

Raipur Police has also filed a complaint against GP Singh, who was suspended on July 5 on accusations of sedition and fostering hatred, based on the documents discovered during the raid.

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