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Web journalist detained for extortion and bribery

Two days after the Mohali Phase 1 Police arrested suspended Assistant Inspector General (AIG, Human Rights), Punjab, Malvinder Singh Sidhu in an extortion case registered against him last month, the police on Friday arrested a web journalist for his alleged complicity with the AIG.

Two days after the Mohali Phase 1 Police arrested suspended Assistant Inspector General (AIG, Human Rights), Punjab, Malvinder Singh Sidhu in an extortion case registered against him last month, the police on Friday arrested a web journalist for his alleged complicity with the AIG. (Representative image)

The accused, identified as Rajinder Singh Taggar, was arrested from his home in Mohali.

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Taggar has been nominated in two extortion cases already registered against AIG at Phase 1 and Phase 8 police stations.

The Mohali Police have formed a new four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the latest extortion case registered at the Phase-1 police station against the AIG and the co-accused.

According to police, AIG Sidhu disclosed to SIT during interrogation on Friday that Taggar had allegedly offered help in laying dharnas outside the Social Welfare Office in Phase 1, due to inaction regarding a complaint against his son-in-law, who had a marital dispute. with his daughter.

Police alleged that the AIG was allegedly forced to pay 50,000 to Taggar for the protests and their reporting.

The police had registered a case against the AIG on March 20, co-accusing Balbir Singh of extortion, criminal conspiracy and the PC Act. Police nominated Taggar in the case on Friday.

The police have found a recording of the AIG telephone. According to police, AIG was heard offering Sidhu 30,000 to Balbir for organizing a protest outside the Punjab Social Welfare Office.

A complaint was filed with the social welfare department against Sidhu’s son-in-law, accusing him of preparing a fake caste certificate.

According to sources, Sidhu bribed Balbir to strengthen the complaint against his son-in-law.

Police claimed that they recovered part of the recording in which Taggar was heard conspiring with the AIG and Balbir, following which he was booked in both cases.

The phase-1 police produced both Taggar and AIG before the local court on Saturday, which sent them to two days’ police custody.

Furthermore, the police requested Taggar’s pretrial detention, arguing that they needed to verify the source of funding on Taggar’s web channel.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Press Club condemned Taggar’s arrest. “This amounts to media censorship and the Election Commission of India should look into this issue. We also request DGP Punjab Police to look into this matter and a fair investigation should be done,” the press statement said.