Ex-Punjab police chief shifted to PGI
CHANDIGARH: The former Punjab police chief, S.S. Virk, who was arrested by the State Vigilance Bureau, in case of amassing assets disproportionate to his income, was shifted to the PGI on Monday, after his health deteriorated.
Mr. Virk, who has also been accused of misusing his authority in harbouring a terrorist, developed high blood pressure and hyper tension when he was brought to Mohali, after being arrested in Delhi on Sunday. He was removed to the local civil hospital for the night.
On Monday, the Civil Hospital doctors recommended that Mr. Virk be shifted to the PGI in Chandigarh, where after being examined by another team of doctors, he was admitted to a private ward.
The former Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, who visited Mr. Virk at PGI, has described the development as an extreme case of political vendetta. He said that Mr. Virk was one of the most honest officers of the police, who had suffered physically while defending the country from terrorists.
Holding the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal and his MP son, Sukhbir Singh, directly responsible for the arrest of Mr. Virk, he said it was a shame if the Chief Minister could claim ignorance about the event. “How can an Inspector General of Police just go and arrest a senior in the rank of Director-General?” he asked.
The Vigilance Bureau, which has not been able to question Mr. Virk so far, has initiated the process to scrutinise his bank accounts and other documents related to the case. The bureau sources said that while the top cop’s annual income was a few lakhs, the property owned by him directly and jointly with family ran into crores.