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Chandigarh, May 9

Surrounded by controversies, Sumedh Singh Saini, who served as DGP during the second term of the Akali-BJP regime, was projected as one of the state's best officers on more than one occasion

The HC was told by the then AG Ashok Aggarwal that Saini was "an honest and bold police officer, who had performed his duties with conviction and without any fear in tackling the extremists and terrorists".

Aggarwal was responding to contentions raised in a petition challenging Saini's appointment as the state police chief. The matter, initially brought to the HC's notice as a PIL, was taken up as a suo motu case.

The petition, challenging his appointment, had referred to a storm Saini was facing for long. It was alleged that Saini was facing trial before the CBI court.

The Bench had observed: "It is mentioned on the basis of the allegations the respondent is involved in abduction and physical liquidation of three persons sometime in 1994. This court had referred the matter for investigation against the respondent to the CBI, which after investigation filed a report confirming it..."

The petition was dismissed after holding that there was no fault in the decision-making process and Saini was competent to hold the post. Saini was later dropped as the state police chief even before the completion of his term. — TNS

from The Tribune

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