IPS officer alleges harassment by senior

Gurgaon, Sep 29 (IANS) Gurgaon’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharti Arora has accused her boss, Navdeep Singh Virk, of harassment and mental torture and wrongly interfering in the enquiry into a high-profile rape case.

She has also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the matter. Virk, however, denied the allegations.

“I am writing to Haryana DGP Yashpal Singhal and will demand high-level probe, including CBI, into the wrongly interference by Virk in the alleged rape case,” Arora told mediapersons.

It was established during the investigation that the alleged rape accused Ajay Bhardwaj, son of a senior IAS officer, and his family was intentionally implicated in the rape case, JCP Arora said.

The officer said that complainant had earlier too had slapped such charges on two men.

“When I started investigation into the rape case I realised that the Commissioner of Police has falsely implicated entire family in the case. I objected and told him this is wrong. Then he started torturing me mentally, threatened me and said, ‘leave the case, otherwise you will suffer’,” Arora told media.

Earlier, Arora had written to Singhal against Virk, seeking his intervention, saying she feared that Virk might harm her career.

Virk has also sent a report to the DGP alleging that Bharti is bent on saving the rape accused as his sister is known to her.

Ajay Bhardwaj, an MNC executive and the son of Gurgaon’s former deputy commissioner R.P. Bhardwaj was booked for rape (376) and his family members for criminal intimidation (506) under Indian Penal Code last year.

The complainant was Bhardwaj’s former live-in partner, a resident of Ardee City Gurgaon, with whom she has a child.

Bhardwaj was arrested by Gurgaon police from his office in Noida on August 1, 2014.

The controversy started in July last year when Arora was asked to probe the case.

At that time, Virk was not posted as Gurgaon police chief.

The JCP has claimed that she carried out the investigation and found that the offences mentioned in the FIR could not be made out but Virk wanted to indict the accused.

Virk, responding to the allegations, said: “I am sad that the valued colleague had to issue false statements in the media in matters which are official and under the consideration of the police headquarters, to hide her own misconduct.”

Virk said the concerned officer is levelling such false allegations to hide her own illegal actions as a report for taking action against her has been sent to DGP Haryana

“The rape victim has also been given security on the orders of the Supreme Court and she has made several complaints about the misconduct of JCP Arora,” Virk added.

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