February 21, 2019 05:00 PM

Gurdaspur (Face2News)

Additional District and Sessions Judge Prem Kumar on Thursday sentenced  former Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police (SP) Salwinder Singh, 55, in a rape case registered against him in 2016. He was found guilty and the judgement was reserved for today. He was sentenced  to jail for two different cases and was also imposed a fine of Rs. 50 thousands.

 Salwinder  Singh had shot into the limelight after he was purportedly kidnapped by terrorists hours before the Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016. He was quizzed repeatedly by various investigative agencies and was finally given a clean chit.

However, in August that year, Salwinder was booked after a Punjab government employee accused him of taking Rs 50,000 bribe to delete his name from the FIR in a “false” rape case and also developing illicit relations with his wife on the pretext of visiting his house for probe.

The case was registered under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 13 (2) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Gurdaspur city police station.

Gurdaspur SSP Swarndeep Singh said the complainant had been booked for rape on a local’s complaint in February 2014. His wife used to meet the then SP in connection with the case.

Salwinder was declared a proclaimed offender in the rape case, after his bail plea was rejected in the Punjab and Haryana high court in September 2016. He remained underground for months and was suspended from the service. Finally, he surrendered in a Gurdaspur court on April 20, 2017.

Later that year, the Punjab government proceeded with his compulsory retirement stating his “controversial conduct throughout his service in Punjab Police, starting as an assistant sub-inspector (ASI)”.

Former SP Salwinder Singh was taken into custody on last date of hearing and was sent to jail. He was landing in Gurdaspur Jail.

In October 2016, another case of sexual harassment was slapped against Salwinder in Gurdaspur after six women cops filed a complaint against him with the Punjab director general of police.

Another case of sexual harassment dates back to the time when he was training as an ASI in the Phillaur Police Academy. He allegedly got involved in a scandal with a woman employee posted in the principal’s office. 

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