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DGP Virk arrested
Owns property worth Rs 100 crore: Vigilance
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service


  • SS Virk, first Punjab DGP, arrested on charges of doing business while in service
  • Charged for harbouring an ex-terrorist and giving him a fake identity to screen from law
  • Charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act
  • Arrested from Maharashtra Bhawan, New Delhi, this morning
  • Brought and kept in Vigilance police station, Mohali
  • Allowed use of his cell phone even after his arrest
  • Colony in Zirakpur, Chimney Heights, Chandigarh International Convention Centre are under scanner
  • Bank accounts of SS Virk, brother Rajdeep, wife Jaswinder and daughter scrutinised
  • Properties of Virks estimated at over Rs 100 crore

Chandigarh, September 9
Sarabdeep Singh Virk is the first Punjab director-general of police to be arrested on charges of allegedly doing business while in service, misusing his official position, harbouring a person wanted by law and giving him a fake identity, besides possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

“It is nothing but political vendetta,” was the reaction of DGP Virk after his arrest.

Also arrested in the case is Vijaypal Singh Dimpy, former president of the Chandigarh Youth Congress Committee, while the third accused in the case, Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, who was allegedly given a fake identity, managed to escape before the police party could raid his house in Ludhiana. The Vigilance men, however, recovered a bulletproof jacket, a few fake passports and other documents, including fake university certificates and degrees, from his house.

Taken in custody from Maharashtra Bhawan in New Delhi this morning, Sarabdeep Singh Virk, a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer of the 1971 batch, had sought repatriation to his parent cadre after the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance government in the state suspended him in April for purchasing land in violation of service rules.

Earlier, the Election Commission had directed his replacement as the Punjab police chief on the eve of assembly elections early this year following complaints that the previous Congress government had doled out a favour to him by clearing Chandigarh International Convention Centre in return for help in the elections.

The four-page first information report (FIR) lodged by senior superintendent of police (Vigilance) Surinderpal Singh Virk charges Sarabdeep Singh Virk under Sections 168, 169 (doing business while in service), 216, 218 and 120-B (for harbouring a person wanted by law, giving him a fake identity on basis of false record to screen him from law) and Sections 7,13 (1)(d)(e) read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Interestingly, the preliminary complaint received by the Vigilance Bureau against Sarabdeep Singh Virk was verified by Balkar Singh Sidhu, joint director, and Surinderpal Singh Virk, SSP. Joint director, prosecution, and A.S. Rai, who recommended the registration of an FIR in the case, subsequently vet it.

After his arrest, the Vigilance party did not stop the former Punjab DGP from making calls from his mobile phone. Even after he was brought to the Phase VIII police station in Mohali, he was given an independent room with a separate bathroom and was allowed access to his lawyers and family members.

The FIR alleges that Sarabdeep Singh Virk, though in government service, indulged in the business of real state and colonisation. He entered into a business deal with Avinash Singh Grewal for the purchase and disposal of 15 acres of land in Zirakpur. Virk reportedly made payment of Rs 6 lakh to Avinash Singh Grewal through his Sector 9 Times Bank joint account with his wife and daughter.

Subsequently, the Zirakpur land was developed through Balbir Singh, a contractor, and plots were carved out and sold. All regular payments were accepted through cheques and drafts and deposited in Times Bank, which later merged with HDFC Bank.

Initial inquiries revealed that Sarabdeep Singh Virk had an independent account, a joint account with his wife, Dr Jaswinder Virk, while his brother, Rajdeep Virk, and daughter, also have accounts in the same bank.

There were a large number of deposits in the accounts of Virks. Investigations revealed that in Sarabdeep Singh Virk’s account, total deposits and withdrawals between 2000 and August, 2007, were over Rs 3 crore. Similarly, the deposits and withdrawals from the account of Rajdeep Singh Virk were also more than Rs 3 crore. Deposits in other accounts were also substantial.

After the Zirakpur colony (land for which was purchased from Avinash Singh Grewal), alleges the FIR, Sarabdeep Singh Virk expanded his colony by another five to 10 acres and sold about 100 plots. Several senior civil servants purchased plots from him.

Virks also constructed a marriage palace, a restaurant and a nightclub illegally. Sarabdeep Singh Virk misused his official position, both as additional DGP and DGP, to manage the affairs of the marriage palace, thus causing a huge loss to PUDA and the state exchequer.

In 2006, Virks got approved a mega project from the previous Congress government and “fraudulently” got three acres of land included in the Zirakpur Notified Area Committee. By this fraudulent transaction, a loss of Rs 10 core was caused to the state.

The properties Virks own include a house in Sector 27, a flat in Sector 39, Chimney Heights, 14 acres of land for Chandigarh International Convention Center, 25 acres of land in Bakarpur village and seven acres of land in Sekhan Majra village in the name of his wife.

The FIR also accuses the former Punjab DGP of misuse of his official position as “sleeping partner” to oversee working of the marriage palace and the nightclub. The Vigilance puts the total value of properties of Virks at over Rs 100 crore.

Interestingly, says the FIR, Sarabdeep Singh Virk, filed an income tax return with a gross income of Rs 6.39 lakh, of which Rs 6.19 lakh was his salary. The declared income of his wife was about Rs 3 lakh.

Besides Vijaypal Singh Dimpy and Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, the FIR also mentions Anurag Saxena, a former CRPF officer, who allegedly supplied security equipment to the Punjab police using Sarabdeep Singh Virk. The FIR says that Virk purchased security equipment worth crores of rupees from Anurag Saxena fraudulently. Anurag Saxena and Sukhwinder Sukhi have also been charged for running a travel agency and sending people abroad fraudulently under the patronage of Sarabdeep Singh Virk.



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