Monday, August 20, 2012

DGP Saini not getting along well with Akalis?

CHANDIGARH: August, 20 2012

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini is believed to be not getting along well with most of the Akali leadership which has still not prepared to accept him as the DGP for his role in anti-terrorist operations during the days of terrorism.

Even the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is believed to be not so comfortable with his being the DGP of the Punjab Police and that too under an Akali government headed by him. Saini is indeed an outstanding officer whose professional integrity is above board. And how he is able to reconcile his exemplary professional integrity with the pulls and pressures of the Akali politics, which ensures that the police and bureaucracy play second fiddle to it, is difficult to make out.

Sukhbir and Saini have a mutual interest in each other. It is sort of a quid pro quo between the two. Saini is a thoroughly professional and scrupulously honest and Sukhbir can really claim with pride that he has appointed such a man to head the police. Saini's being DGP does create a fear psychosis among the political rivals of Sukhbir given their experiences between 2007 and 2012 when a mere telephone call from the vigilance department was enough to shake the Congressmen.

Moreover, Sukhbir needs Saini now more than anytime else given the threat being posed by the radical elements from time to time. Saini being the DGP does provide the police force a great psychological advantage in dealing with any such situation, besides his own track record against terrorism as well. Saini in return has his own interests to watch.

He is entangled in a tough legal battle, already having been charge-sheeted in a serious case. He needs government's help and support to save himself, hence the mutual and reciprocal admiration for Sukhbir. Day in and day out Saini is learnt to be forced to go for compromises which he has never done throughout his professional career. He has never compromised his integrity and he must be finding it difficult to guard the same this time. His annoyance over the unceremonious exit of the Gurdaspur SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar is an example where he could not do much.

Just because the Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah did not like Brar he was replaced much to the chagrin and disappointment of Saini. It is believed to be the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who wanted Brar to be transferred at the Akali leader's behest. And Mr Badal really did not care about the widespread protests in Gurdaspur against his transfer.

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