CM Parrikar relieves Goa DIG

first_imgPanaji – Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Vimal Gupta has been relieved from his post after allegations of corruption were raised against him. Integrity in questionThe State Personnel Department issued an order on Tuesday directing the officer to report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday at a press conference at the State Secretariat that Mr. Gupta was asked to leave the State police force because his integrity had come into question.Last week, police sub inspector Devyani Ambekar and police constable Chetan Moraskar, who are facing a departmental inquiry, were suspended for allegedly attempting to bribe Mr. Gupta. The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the State Vigilance is investigating the bribery charge against Mr. Gupta. Mr. Parrikar said he decided to relieve Mr. Gupta from his post and not prosecute him as it would take years to prove a person’s complicity in corruption cases. He said, “The impression that I have spared or absolved him is wrong. That is not at all correct. He has not been transferred, but relieved. This means he will continue to face a probe.”Mr. Parikkar said his government was committed to sending a strong signal to police officers and officials in the State administration. He said, “In such cases it is difficult to establish the crime. When both parties benefit from corruption, no one speaks about it in public. People raise their voice against corruption only when they feel harassed.”Mr. Parrikar said that Mr. Gupta had been relieved because “he is under a cloud for his not so good activities” and he was left with few options as “we don’t have an IPS cadre of our own”.Second case of graftMr. Gupta is the second senior IPS officer that the Goa government has relieved from duty. In August 2016, Sunil Garg, former Goa Inspector General of Police, was asked to relinquish his post after Munnalal Halwai, a Goa-based businessman, accused him of demanding and accepting a bribe. Mr. Garg is currently posted in Arunachal Pradesh.last_img