The Hush Post: Former station house officer (SHO) of Mehatpur, inspector Parminder Singh Bajwa has been granted bail by a Jalandhar court. He hit the headlines after he registered a case against Congress candidate in Shahkot assembly bye election Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia.
Bajwa was booked and arrested for obstructing and assaulting a Punjab Police personnel on security duty in the district court complex before entering the court on May 11, it was reported.
He was granted bail by judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Rahul Kumar. Since his arrest, Bajwa has been undergoing treatment at the de-addiction centre at the Jalandhar civil hospital. When he was taken to the central jail in Kapurthala after his arrest, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After this, his family also revealed that he had history of the psychiatric disorder and had even undergone treatment for that in the past.
Experts at the centre had recommended that he needed hospitalization at least for two weeks more on May 20, after which Commissionerate Police had moved an application in the court under Section 102 of the Mental Healthcare Act. Bajwa’s counsel Baltej Singh Dhillon said while the bail in the criminal case had been granted by the court, he was not yet aware of the fate of the application filed under the Mental Healthcare Act.
Bajwa had registered an FIR against the Congress nominee in the wee hours of May 4 after a complaint received by the Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) was directed to him, it was reported. He then sent his “resignation” to Jalandhar (rural) SSP but withdrew it.
He later revealed that he had called up the SSP a night before registering the case but the latter did not guide him.
While initially he was sent on leave for two days, Bajwa said he was asked to get it extended for another five days. However, Jalandhar (rural) police top brass held another view, they said that Bajwa was absent and sent their report to district electoral officer who sent it to CEO and he was transferred out.
Bajwa’s revelations had put the police brass and the ruling Congress in embarrassing situation and even chief minister Amarinder Singh suggested that there was political conspiracy while citing phone calls between Bajwa and leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Dr Dajit Singh Cheema, it was reported.
Bajwa had brushed aside allegations of conspiracy. Later, after his arrest on May 11, the revelation that he was suffering from bipolar disorder gave a chance to the state government and police brass to blame the entire episode on his psychiatric disorder.