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Posted On : 10 Aug, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Chandigarh 
No political interference in police appointments: Amarinder
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today rejected suggestion of any political interference in police or administrative appointments.

Ruling out transfer of any police officer at the behest of rival SAD, the CM described Akali leader Bikram Majithia's meeting with the DGP on the issue as a "crude attempt" to divert attention from "imminent exposure" of his involvement in the registration of "false" cases during the Akali regime.

With the maximum complaints of false cases reported from his constituency, Majithia was clearly apprehensive of being exposed once the Ranjit Singh Commission, probing the false cases, comes out with its findings, said the chief minister, reacting to reports in a section of the media that the former SAD minister had met the DGP to seek transfer of seven Gurdaspur SHOs.

Dismissing Majithia's accusation that these SHOs had been posted on the recommendation of Congress MLAs to create terror among Akali workers, the CM categorically rejected the suggestion of any political interference in police or administrative appointments.

Neither has any posting been done under political pressure nor will any transfers be undertaken at the bidding of any politicians, he said, in a statement issued here.

While Majithia was welcome to meet the DGP, there was no question of transferring any SHO merely because he wanted it, said Amarinder.

Majithia knows that the maximum number of false cases against people were registered on his orders, under the "tyrannical" rule of the Akalis, and is trying desperately to save himself from impending action once his involvement is disclosed, said the chief minister.

The CM reiterated his commitment to ensuring justice for the thousands of innocent people implicated in "false" cases during the SAD-BJP rule, when "terror" was unleashed against the citizens of Punjab by Majithia and other Akali leaders.

Anyone found guilty of involvement in "false" cases by the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission would be brought to book, he warned.

Amarinder also reiterated his government's commitment to transparency in governance, saying police and administrative officials had been given a free hand to function in accordance with the law, without pressure of any kind.

The CM directed the DGP to ensure that the police force also functions without any pressure.