Six cops suspended for 'entertaining' Radhe Maa
NEW DELHI: After photos of the Station House Officer at Vivek Vihar police station standing beside controversial godwoman Radhe Maa with folded hands and a red 'chunni' emerged in the media, Delhi Police immediately suspended the officer on Thursday.
Moreover, an assistant sub Inspector posted at GTB Enclave and four other cops, who were seen singing in police uniform in the video with Radhe Maa dancing, also faced the same punishment.
As per reports, senior cops immediately swung into action after photographs showed Vivek Vihar SHO Sanjay Sharma offering his official chair to Radhe Maa, on the occasion of Navratri when she was welcomed at the police station, on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.
Minutes later, another video surfaced showing Delhi Police personnel singing along with Radhe Maa in uniform. The cops were identified to be staff of GTB Enclave police station and all five of them were sent to District Lines. A DCP level inquiry has been initiated against the cops.
"On the basis of preliminary findings of the enquiry, it was found that it is a matter of professional misconduct. Thus, the SHO and ASI Braj Bhushan are suspended with immediate effect. Further action will be taken after detailed enquiry," said DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad.
Prasad said action has been taken on the police staff for their unofficial conduct and being in the uniform but not acting accordingly.
The other policemen transferred to police lines have been identified as ASI Radhe Krishan, head constable Pramod, constable Hitesh and constable Ravinder.
The video, which shows the policemen singing at a Ramleela with Radhe Maa at GTB enclave, was even posted on the godwoman's official Facebook page on Tuesday.
However, it was taken down along with Sharma's photograph, which also landed on social media.
Taking note of the incident, senior IPS officer Muktesh Chander was seen venting out his anger on Twitter.
"Will the SHO allow any other passerby to use washroom in his office? Influence of so called God women is visible," tweeted Chander, currently the DGP of Goa. Chander had earlier served as Chief of Delhi Traffic Police.
Radhe Maa, whose original name is Sukhvinder Kaur, is an accused in a dowry harassment case.