Two days after DIG Ashok Kumar was booked for alleged assault on Haryana Home Minister and senior BJP leader Anil Vij’s brother Kapil Vij, the 2006 batch IPS officer was placed under suspension whilst he secured three-day interim bail up from an Ambala court.
The actions of the minister, who has a picture of a troublesome administrator, has also caused tons of resentment among the IPS cadre that says that it’s “affecting the force’s morale” and “causing problems in discharging their official duties as per the law”. Vij, however, says he is not against anyone and is only trying to protect people’s rights.
In November last year, IPS officer Manisha Choudhary was booked on charges of abetment of suicide within the case of alleged suicide committed by a former BJP councilor Harish Sharma in Panipat.
On the complaint of Harish’s daughter, Anjali Sharma, who too is a BJP councillor from Panipat’s Ward no. 3, Panipat’s then SP Manisha Choudhary and two other police personnel were booked on charges of abetment of suicide.
Harish and his daughter Anjali had met Anil Vij on November 17 after which the police had to stall further action against Harish who was facing an FIR for allegedly selling crackers on Diwali night and misbehaving with police officers.
Manisha Choudhary was the same officer who had arrested the liquor baron Ashok Jain chairman of NV distilleries allegedly involved in Haryana’s infamous liquor smuggling scam. In fact, Vij even boasted in the Vidhan Sabha that his police force took action against Jain – a “powerful man” whom nobody ever dared to “touch” in the past.
Several other high-profile cases were cracked by Manisha Choudhary who took over as Panipat district police officer in February this year. She was under transfer as SSP (Traffic) to Chandigarh when the Harish Sharma incident happened.
In the case involving Vij’s brother, Ambala’s Additional District and Sessions Judge Sandip Singh granted three days interim bail up to February 16 to DIG Ashok Kumar. The court ordered that the accused Ashok Kumar would need to appear before the investigating officer within three days who would submit his report after that period.