The FIR was registered under Section 409 (criminal abuse of trust by a public servant) of the IPC and 72 of the IT Act of 2020, against unidentified persons around 10 days after ADGP Asthana allegedly wrote to DGP
Punjab police on Monday registered an FIR in connection with the leak of a letter allegedly written by the head of the Bureau of Investigation (BoI) ADGP SK Asthana to then-DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota officiating in Punjab in which, according to reports , had expressed his inability to register a case against former Akali Minister Bikram Majithia in a drug case. Embarrassed by the leak, Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced last week that a case will be registered.
The FIR was registered under Section 409 (criminal abuse of trust by a public servant) of the IPC and 72 of the IT Act of 2020, against unidentified persons in the BoI deputy inspector general’s complaint at the police station Cybercrime in Mohali.
In the letter, Asthana had objected to hiring Shiromani senior leader Akali Dal and former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the basis of a 2018 Special Task Force (STF) report that was on a sealed cover with the High Court.
The four pages of the December 11 letter addressed to the DGP were shared with the media from a foreign telephone. The letter was sent to various media outlets and was also posted on Twitter with an account called ‘Hawk Mark’.
Asthana wrote to the DGP before benefiting from a two-day medical leave and two days later he was admitted to a Mohali hospital amid reports of pressure on him to approve an action against Majithia.
Asthana had sought to clarify whether it would be legally defensible to act on the STF director’s report when it is in a sealed lid with the high court.