A fortnight after it came to limelight, the State Crime Police, SAS Nagar have registered an FIR against two Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs) Joginder Singh and Rajpreet Singh and a civilian Surinder Singh in the alleged hawala case of Father Anthony Madassery, who was arrested from his residence in Partapura in Jalandhar on March 29. The Punjab Police have registered an FIR under section 406, 34 IPC and section 13 (1) (A) read with 13 (2) of the PC Act at State Crime Police station, SAS Nagar on April 12 ie Friday against ASI Joginder Singh, ASI Rajpreet and their accomplice Surinder Singh, a resident of village Naushera Khurd in Pathankot, who were still at large.
DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta had ordered an SIT, which was headed by chairman Inspector General (Crime) Praveen Kumar Sinha with three members namely – Jalandhar Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP Patiala Mandeep Singh and Investigating Officer (IO) AIG State Crime Rakesh Kaushal. IG Sinha submitted the investigation report on Friday. Talking to , SSP Khanna Dhruv Dahiya said that the police was tracing the whereabouts of the three accused, who were absconding with the missing Rs 6.65 crore cash. “SIT probe was on to trace the role of the accused in this case. We are coordinating with the SIT, the investigation was on and our top priority was to arrest them and recover the missing Rs 6.65 crore cash”, he said, adding that the two ASIs had recently joined at Khanna police station. The SSP also shared that on the night of March 29, when the raid took place, he reached the Khanna police station at around 9.30 pm.
“When I reached the police station, the Income Tax (IT) officials were already there. I was not even aware about what had taken place in this raid. Rather, it was a shock for me too”, he added. However, when questioned about the claim of Khanna police that Father Anthony and other five people were arrested from Doraha, SSP Dhruv Dahiya said, “I got to know about the entire case later. The investigation team must know better.” Earlier, Father Anthony Madassery thanked IG Sinha and his team and said that he was glad that within a fortnight, the SIT cracked the case. “Though my name was spoiled in this case but at last truth has prevailed. My only concern is recovery of cash, as I have to make payment to all those people from whom I bought books on credit”, he said.