LFHRI filed a PIL for directing the investigation of infamous sex racket to CBI.

The Lawyers For Human Rights international has demanded an investigation by CBI into the infamous sex racket involving a retired DSP of Punjab police and his family, in a PIL filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court through its Chandigarh Unit President, Tejinder Singh Sudan, Advocate.

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Civil Writ Petition No._____/2011

Lawyers for Human Rights Inter…… Petitioner

Versus

State of Punjab etc …… Respondents

S y n o p s i s

1.

That the petitioner-Society, in the interest of public at large, is approaching this Hon’ble Court by way of the present Public Interest Litigation petition, for seeking CBI investigation into the allegations of running of Sex racket by a Proclaimed Offender Ex DSP of Punjab Police and his sons.

2.

That a news item appeared in the “The Tribune” dated 26th Feb 2011 about the Sex racket being run by the Maninder Pal Singh and Vajinder Singh sons of Ex-DSP Gurjit Singh, who was dismissed from the Punjab Police and is a proclaimed offender. Copy of the news item is attached herewith as Annexure P-1.

That the second news item dated 3rd March reveals that the family of one of the girl who is missing has alleged biased investigation against the Punjab police. Otherwise also the chances of free and fair investigation in the matter as the Punjab police permitted the Ex DSP to avoid the process of law and was a proclaimed offender in a murder case shows that the accused still has his clout in the police.

3.

Hence present writ for issuance of Mandamus in Public InterestC.B.I.rdAnnexure P-2. directing the respondents handover the investigation of the Patiala sex racket case to the as the accused involved in the present case involves a former DSP and his family, and a free and impartial investigation by the Punjab police is not expected, as narration of the developments in the second news item dated 3 March 2011,

(NAVKIRAN SINGH) (RUBINA N.SINGH)

P/786/1986 P/71/1988

(H.P.S. ISHAR) (GURSIMRAN SINGH) (HARPREET KAUR)

P/1718/2005 P/1509/2009 P/769/2008

CHANDIGARH: A D V O C A T E S

DATED: 04.03.2011 COUNSEL FOR THE PETITIONER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Civil Writ Petition No.______/2011

(Public Interest Litigation)

Lawyers of Human Rights International (Regd), through Tejinder Singh Sudan Advocate, President Chandigarh Unit, Office at 516, Sector 11-B, Chandigarh.

…. Petitioner

Versus

1. State of Punjab through Home Secretary, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.

2. Director General of Police, Punjab,

Police Headquarters Sector 9, Chandigarh.

3. Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala.

…. Respondents

Civil Writ Petition under Articles 226/227 of the Constitution of India praying for issuance of writ of Mandamus in Public Interest directing investigation of the Patiala sex racket case to the C.B.I. as the accused involved in the present case involves a former DSP ,who is also a proclaimed offender and his sons, therefore a free and impartial investigation by the Punjab police is not possible.

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Respectfully Showeth:-

1. That the petitioner-Society, in the interest of public at large, is approaching this Hon’ble Court by way of the present Public Interest Litigation petition, for seeking the proper investigation in the case of the sex racket being run by the sons of a dismissed DSP Gurjit Singh who himself is a proclaimed offender.

2. That the petitioner is a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act and comprises of Lawyers, who have their commitment to social causes and issues relating to public at large and is so entitled to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of this Hon’ble High Court.

3. That a news item appeared in the “The Tribune” dated 26th February 2011, about the Sex racket being run by the Maninder Pal Singh and Vajinder Singh sons of Ex-DSP Gurjit Singh, who was dismissed from the Punjab Police and is a proclaimed offender. Copy of the said news item is attached herewith as Annexure P-1.

4. That the news item further revealed that the MMS of about 40 girls were seized by the police. The accused persons used to sexually exploit the girls by serving them drinks laced with sedatives and video record it on phone. The recordings were later on used to blackmail the victims and push them into flesh trade.

5. That the second news item dated 3rd March 2011 further revealed that the matter was reported to the police on 17.02.2011 but the police did not take any action till 24.02.2011, thus giving enough time to the accused persons to temper with the evidence. The complainant and the father of one such victim also claimed that his daughter is still missing and is in the clutches of the accused persons. He also alleged that the police is giving VIP treatment to the Maninder Singh and Sarabjit Kaur. The father of the victim also demanded CBI investigation in the present case, alleging the connection of the dismissed DSP with the local police. The said news item of Times of India dated 3rdAnnexure P-2. March 2011, is appended herewith as

6. That it is relevant to mention here that DSP Gurjit Singh, father of Vajinder Singh and Maninder Singh, who is also a co-accused in the present case, is a proclaimed offender in a murder case. The fact that despite being a proclaimed offender he was running a sex racket, itself shows that the police was in league with the Ex-DSP.

7. That the racket was spread between various districts of the Punjab and even some other news items reported that the accused persons were supplying the girls to gulf countries. Such a racket can not operate without the knowledge/connivance of the police. There may be many other white collar persons who might be involved in these crimes. Therefore the free and fair investigation by the Punjab police would not be possible. Thus the matter in controversy, requires free and fair investigation by an agency which can be free from the influence of the Punjab police, so investigation by CBI, so that all the culprits may be brought to hook and justice be done to the victims and the role of Punjab police can also be unraveled.

8. That the offences against the females are increasing day by day. The attitude of the police rather discourages the victims to come forward and report the crime. The matters so reported may just come out to be the Tip of an Iceberg, once a free and fair investigation is conducted.

9. That the following substantive questions of law arise from the present writ petition for kind consideration of this Hon’ble Court are as under:-

i) Whether the circumstances warrant a CBI enquiry, since the accused is a Dismissed DSP of Punjab police and was able to avoid the police, inspite of him being a proclaimed offender.

ii) As to whether the issue in question involves Public Interest and violation of fundamental right as enshrined under article 21 of Constitution of India.

10. That there is no other remedy either by appeal or revision available with the petitioner except to approach this Hon’ble Court by way of filing the present writ petition.

11. That no such or similar petition has earlier been filed by the petitioner in this Hon’ble Court or in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

12. That the documents attached with the writ petition are true copies of the originals as required under Rule 22 of the Writ Jurisdiction Rules.

In the light of the above given circumstances of the case, it is, therefore, respectfully prayed that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to issue:-

i) a writ in Public interest directing the respondents handover the investigation of the Patiala sex racket case to the C.B.I. as the accused involved in the present case involves a former DSP, who is also a proclaimed offender and his sons, therefore a free and impartial investigation by the Punjab police is not possible.

ii) with a further prayer that any other appropriate writ, order or direction as this Hon’ble Court may deem fit and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case, may also be passed in the interest of justice.

iii) advance notice of the writ petition to the respondents may kindly be dispensed with;

iv) filing of the certified copy of the Annexure P-1 and P-2 may also be dispensed with,

v) the writ petition may be accepted as prayed for;

(PETITIONER)

T H R O U G H

(NAVKIRAN SINGH) (RUBINA N.SINGH)

P/786/1986 P/71/1988

(H.P.S. ISHAR) (GURSIMRAN SINGH) (HARPREET KAUR)

P/1718/2005 P/1509/2009 P/769/2008

CHANDIGARH: A D V O C A T E S

DATED: 04.03.2011 COUNSEL FOR THE PETITIONER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Civil Writ Petition No._____/2011

Lawyers for Human Rights Inter…… Petitioner

Versus

Union of India etc …… Respondents

Affidavit of Tejinder Singh Sudan Advocate, President Chandigarh Unit, Office at 516, Sector 11-B, Chandigarh.

I, the above named deponent do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as under:-

1. That the contents of paras 1 to 8 and 10 to 12 of the writ petition are true and correct to my knowledge and para No. 9 is believed to be correct as per advice of the counsel. No part of it is false and nothing has been concealed therein.

CHANDIGARH:

DATED:04.03.2011 (D E P O N E N T)

VERIFICATION:-

Verified that the contents of the above affidavit are true and correct to my knowledge. No part of it is false and nothing has been concealed therein.

CHANDIGARH:

DATED:04.03.2011 (D E P O N E N T)

Annexure P-1

Flesh-trade racket spread over 3 cities busted
Aman Sood Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 26


The local police has registered a case against a dismissed DSP, Gurjit Singh, and his family members who allegedly lured young girls into the flesh trade after filming them in objectionable acts from Patiala, Ludhiana and Bathinda. While the police claims that more than two dozen girls could have been lured into the profession by the accused, it is trying to ascertain the role of many others in this high-profile sex racket.

The police had received a complaint some days ago about a missing girl from Patiala from Majithia Enclave, whose father had levelled serious allegations. “During investigations, we got to know about the deeds of Vajinder Singh, son of dismissed DSP Gurjit Singh, along with his brother Maninder Singh and some other family members,” they said.

SHO, Passiana, Aman Pal Singh, told TNS that the accused was running a sex racket from a beauty parlour in Bathinda where the parlour caretaker, Sarbjeet Kaur, lured girls to befriend Maninder and Vajinder,” he stated. “The duo took the girls to secluded houses in Patiala and Bathinda and developed physical relations with them after giving them drug-laced drinks. They allegedly filmed these girls and then blackmailed them to join the flesh trade,” he added.

Senior police officers in Patiala confirmed to The Tribune that numerous short films and MMS clips, related to many unknown girls, have also been found. “Meanwhile a girl from Ludhiana has also levelled similar allegations against the accused and we are awaiting medical reports to substantiate her claims in the case,” they added.

Sources said that many high-profile people from Bathinda, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Patiala could be involved in this sex trade, wherein they paid money to these accused to have sex with the girls involved in this high-profile sex racket.

The police has arrested Maninder Singh and Sarabjeet Kaur, while the other accused are yet to be arrested.

Those booked in the case include dismissed DSP Gurjit Singh, PO in a murder case, his two sons, Vajinder, Maninder, and wife, Jaspal Kaur. Gurjit was dismissed some years ago after the registration of a murder case.

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Advocate

Annexure P-2

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Patiala sex racket: Police slammed for inaction

TNN, Mar 3, 2011, 06.21am IST

PATIALA: Six days after the registration of a FIR against a dismissed DSP and his family for operating a sex racket, the failure of Pasiana police in achieving any further breakthrough has brought the investigation under scanner. Police have lost the trust of parents of the girl, who was allegedly kidnapped by accused on February 17. The parents are demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry in this.

As per her parents’ allegations, the girl, an MA student of Punjabi university, was kidnapped from near 24 railway crossing of city on February 17, but police acted only when wife of Vajinder, an accused in the case, approached them on February 24.

Police had booked dismissed DSP Gurjit Singh and his sons, Vajinder, Maninder and wife Jaspal Kaur, on February 25, under sections 365, 366, 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on February 25. The former cop is also a proclaimed offender in a murder case.

“My daughter is in Vajinder’s clutches, who has prepared a dirty MMS of her and pushed her in flesh trade by blackmailing her. The police are giving VIP treatment to Maninder and Sabjeet, who have been arrested on February 24. But after that there was no progress in the inquiry. We demand CBI investigation as the kingpin is a dismissed DSP, who still has connections in the local police,” alleged the girl’s father who is head of department at a local college. He has written letters to DIG, IG and DGP for a high-level probe to find his missing daughter.

The SHO of Pasiana police station, Amanpal singh, who is investigating officer (IO), claimed that during the investigation, police had seized MMSes of around 40 girls prepared by the accused. Sources say the girls belonged to various districts including Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepur, Sangrur and Patiala districts of Punjab and majority were unmarried.

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Advocate

(NAVKIRAN SINGH) (RUBINA N.SINGH)

P/786/1986 P/71/1988

(H.P.S. ISHAR) (GURSIMRAN SINGH) (HARPREET KAUR)

P/1718/2005 P/1509/2009 P/769/2008

CHANDIGARH: A D V O C A T E S

DATED: 04.03.2011 COUNSEL FOR THE PETITIONER