GURUGRAM: The federal government on Friday ordered the suspension of an IPS officer who was posted in Gurugram as DCP (south) until a number of weeks in the past, two days after he was named as one of many accused in a multi-crore heist within the metropolis.
Dheeraj Sethia has already been served two notices by the Haryana particular process power (STF), which is probing the case. A workforce of officers had additionally visited his official residence in Gurugram on Wednesday however discovered him lacking.
“IPS Dheeraj Sethia, presently posted as a commandant within the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) at Rohtak’s Sunaria, has been suspended with quick impact. Throughout the interval of suspension, his headquarters would be the DGP workplace in Panchkula,” learn the suspension letter issued by Rajeev Arora, Haryana further chief secretary (house) on Friday.
Money amounting to a number of crores was allegedly stolen from two flats owned by the developer of a Sector 84 residential society in August this yr. Until now, investigators have discovered the path of round Rs 22 crore and suspect the stolen quantity could possibly be way more.
On the time of the crime, Sethia was posted in Gurugram as DCP (South) and was holding further cost of DCP (crime) when crime department of Gurugram police was probing the matter. Throughout a bureaucratic reshuffle a number of weeks in the past, he was posted because the Kurukshetra SP. He was once more shunted to the IRB lately after his identify cropped up within the probe.
Within the meantime, the case was handed over to STF, which in November arrested two docs who allegedly knowledgeable a gangster in regards to the money and helped plan and execute the crime. It additionally recovered round Rs 3.9 crore from their possession. Of their disclosure statements, the docs claimed they paid Sethia Rs 3.5 crore in money and gold bullion as bribes. Later, Sethia allegedly saved Rs 20 lakh and returned the remaining cash and gold.
STF submitted the disclosure statements in courtroom earlier this month. In an order issued on December 2, Gurugram further periods decide Jasbir Singh noticed, “From the… disclosure assertion of accused Dr Suchinder Kumar Jain Naval, it’s clear he has given unlawful gratification to DCP Dheeraj Setia for hushing up the matter. He (Naval) additionally disclosed having delivered large quantities within the type of gold, {dollars} and so on… to DCP for stated function. From perusal of the police file, I’ve not discovered any concrete step taken for taking the investigation to its logical conclusion on the premise of the disclosures. As such, the investigating company has did not carry out its statutory responsibility with utmost care, particularly when involvement of a senior police officer has come on document.”
The courtroom additional noticed, “Delay in continuing additional in opposition to the police officer on the premise of the disclosure assertion of Dr Naval is nothing however to present time to stated police officer to destroy proof… As such, the investigating company just isn’t conducting a probe in a correct method. For that function, this courtroom, in train of its energy… is hereby choosing monitoring investigation to make sure that seek for fact just isn’t muddied by police lapses, whether or not harmless or blameworthy.”
STF then issued notices to Sethia to affix the probe. After Sethia went incommunicado, STF on Wednesday added his identify and sections of the Anti-Corruption Act and Part 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of IPC to the prevailing FIR of theft registered at Kherki Daula police station in August.

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