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Saini is VB chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The first important shake-up in the Punjab police was effected today with the chief of vigilance and also the chief of the intelligence wing being shifted out along with the key functionaries under them.

For the first time, the powerful vigilance bureau (VB) will be headed by an IG-level officer and not a DGP or ADGP-level officer, as was the practice in the past.

The SAD-BJP combine has virtually handpicked Sumedh Singh Saini to head the VB. With the vigilance commission having being scrapped, the VB will enjoy all powers in dealing with corruption cases.

DGP (vigilance) Mohammad Izhar Alam has been made DGP (prisons), replacing A.P. Pandey. Alamís immediate junior in the vigilance, C.S.R. Reddy, has also been shifted but kept without a posting.

ADGP (security) Sashi Kant will replace J.P. Birdi as the intelligence chief. Birdi has been made ADGP (railways), Patiala. Some officers, have been kept without a posting. Their orders will be issued separately and this includes former chief of the VB A.P.Pandey, who had launched the corruption cases against the Badal family.

The two IGs in the intelligence wing, R.P. Singh and H.S. Randhawa, have also been shifted but will get their posting orders later.

The other transfers include that of Anil Kaushik, who will be the new ADGP (security). Sanjeev Kalra will be IG, Jalandhar, V.K. Bhawra, IG (intelligence), Narinder Pal Singh, DIG, Jalandhar, Jatinder Kumar Jain, DIG, Faridkot, while Paramjit Singh Gill (1992 batch) will be the DIG, Patiala.

IG (Jalandhar zone) H.S. Dhillon and IG (Patiala zone) S.K. Sharma have also been shifted but not given a posting. Also DIGs of Jalandhar, Faridkot and Patiala, Paramjit Singh Gill (1991 batch), P.S. Sarao and K.J.S. Pannu, respectively, have also been kept without a posting.

Pannu had served in the intelligence wing for long and was posted in the field only a few months ago.

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