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Former assam DGP at risk of losing medals
Published on 6 Jan. 2010 10:57 PM IST
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The union home ministry’s new proposal to strip off medals of those police officer convicted of moral turpitude or bringing disrepute or disrespect to the service has sent alarm bells ringing to the many top cops of the country. According to a NE TV report, former Haryana police chief S.P.S. Rathore, convicted of molesting Ruchika Girhotra, will be the first police officer to be stripped of his police medal. Other decorated officers — convicted of a crime, dismissed from service or on the run — could meet the same fate. This could include R.K. Sharma, convicted of killing journalist Shivani Bhatnagar and dismissed from service, former Punjab Police chief K.P.S. Gill, convicted of outraging the modesty of a woman IAS officer and former Assam DGP GM Srivastava convicted of molesting a lady CRPF officer in 2003. Ghanashyam Murari Srivastav. Former Assam and Tripura DGP and presently security adviser to the Assam chief minister. During his career, he has won many medals for his service. However, today he risks losing all the medals that he won during his service. As the Centre moved to strip former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore of his police medal, there is a strong risk of many top police officials becoming collateral victims of the larger policy to withdraw awards of convicted cops. While recommending to President Pratibha Patil the withdrawal of police medal given to the disgraced Rathore, the home ministry announced that police officers convicted for moral turpitude or bringing disrepute or disrespect to the service would be stripped of their police awards. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Police Awards Committee. The moral turpitude grounds would bring supercop KPS Gill and former Assam DGP GM Srivastava in the ambit. Gill was convicted for pinching the bottom of senior IAS officer Rupan Deol Bajaj in 1998 but got away by paying a fine. As far as the case of former Assam and Tripura DGP Ghanashyam Murari Srivastava is concerned, he faces the charge of sexually assaulting two junior officers of the CRPF during his stint as the CRPF Inspector General in Delhi. After being implicated in the most infamous secret killings during the previous AGP government’s regime from 1998-2001, Srivastava went to Delhi as CRPF IG on deputation when the new Congress government came to power. There he tried to take sexual advantage of many junior lady officers. However, the matter came to light only when G Swarnalata, a sub inspector of CRPF from Hyderabad complained that he had tried to forcibly kiss her in his office chamber while handing over Rs 5000 for a civic action programme on January 29, 2003. Then came another officer Savita Dutt who made corroborative evidence in favour of Swarnalata. Savita, in her complaint to the National Commission for Women, recounted four instances of how the Srivastava tried to make advances towards her. After posting her from the battalion to his own office in Delhi, he began making indecent and unsolicited remarks on the way she should wear her uniform. He even suggested that she report to work in civil clothes. Savita has alleged that Srivastava once complimented her on her work and asked her to come close so that he could pat her on her back. When she did not comply, he clasped her hands, pulled her cheeks and patted her on the back. Savita has said in her complaint that she freed herself from his hold and expressed her disapproval of his actions. The aggrieved Sub Inspector had alleged that Srivastava threatened to transfer her to remote places if she did not befriend him. It was on her complaint to the then DG, CRPF, S.C. Chaube, that Srivastava was transferred. Savita was suspended by her battalion commandant, also a lady officer for making the allegation and giving corroborative evidence in support of Swarnalata. A case number 11019/2006 is still pending before the NCW in this regard. A departmental enquiry committee had found Srivastava guilty of sexually harassing his junior colleagues. The committee investigated into the matter and found enough evidences to prove the charges of sexual harassment. The NCW chairperson commended the two officers for coming forward and lodging the complaints. Srivastava has won President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2001, police medal for gallantry in 1984 and police medal for meritorious service. Srivastava, who had maintained a close rapport with Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, escaped without any action by the state government despite a home ministry recommendation favouring for disciplinary action against him in the sexual assault case. In Assam too, he enjoys very cordial relations with present chief minister Tarun Gogoi and his predecessor Prafulla Mahanta. It is because of this that Tarun Gogoi, who rode to power promising punishment to the secret killers, made this tainted cop as his security adviser after the latter retired a few months back. Srivastava’s tenure has always mired into controversies. When in Assam, first he was linked with the secret killings occurred during 1998-2001 when the Prafulla Mahanta-led AGP government was in power. Then, during his brief stint as the CRPF IG, he faced the sexual molestation case. When he was brought back to Assam and was appointed as the DGP December last year, he made a multi-crore deal with a motor vehicle company for supply of bullet-proof vehicles at rates much higher than the specified rate.

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