In what could be termed as the first set of casualty in multi-million PDS scam, the Congress Government on Saturday suspended DGP Mukesh Gupta and Rajnesh Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) Narayanpur district.
The official orders confirmed that both the IPS officers have been suspended in accordance with provisions under Section 3(1) of All India Services (discipline and appeal) rules 1969.
Notably, FIR against both the officers was registered on Thursday after they were allegedly found involved in illegal phone tapping.
Both the officers have been booked under Sections 166, 166 A(b) 167, (Public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 193 (false evidence), 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 466 (Forgery of record of Court or of public register,), 471 (Using as genuine a forged) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
They have also been booked under with Section 25, 26 and 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act.
The 1988 batch IPS officer Mukesh Gupta was among the trusted comrades of former Chief Minister Raman Singh who headed the BJP regime for 15 years. During the previous (BJP) regime, Gupta headed the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) as well as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
The Congress Government which came to power in December had speeded up the investigation into PDS scam and formed an SIT.