By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,
Mumbai: Continuing its controversial legacy of reinstating tainted cops after being released on bail, Gujarat government has now revoked the suspension of 2001 batch IPS officer Vipul Agarwal – an accused in alleged Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case – who has been granted bail by Bombay High Court in October and has reinstated him as Director General of Police office, Headquarters in Gandhi Nagar.
Earlier, this year Gujarat government has reinstated two other tainted cops G L Singhal and Abhay Chudasama after they were released on bail by the Bombay High Court.
File photo of Tulsiram Prajapati (Courtesy: IBN)
G L Singhal was restored to the position of Group Commandant in the State Reserve Police (SRP) on May 28 and Abhay Chudasma was made Superintendent of Police (SP) of Vigilance Squad in the DGP’s office, Gandhinagar via a notification issued late on Aug 14, night.
“His (Agarwal) suspension has been revoked on November 19 and he has been reinstated in service. He is posted at the Director General of Police office at the Headquarters (in Gandhinagar). The details of his posting have not yet been finalized,” GR Aloria, additional chief secretary (Home) was quoted by The Hindu.
IPS officer Vipul Agarwal was suspended in May 2010 after he was arrested by the Gujarat Criminal Investigation Department for his complicity in the alleged fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati, who was the prime witness in Sohrabuddin and his wife’s fake encounter case.
It was alleged that Prajapati was gunned down in Chapri village of Banaskantha district when he was in police custody. Agarwal was the Superintendent of Police of Banaskantha at the time of the alleged fake encounter.
The unfounded criterion of Gujarat government in appointing tainted officers after they come out on bail has been criticized by the legal experts and social activists arguing that criminal charges still exists against them and grant of bail does not vitiate those charges as also bestowed powers may again be misused by such officers in influencing witnesses.
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