CBI begins preliminary inquiry against IPS officer and CP Ludhiana, Kuldeep Chahal

The probe against Chahal was initiated following a communication from the office of Governor, Punjab-cum-UT Administrator, Banwarilal Purohit

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Kuldeep Chahal IPS

New Delhi, February 3

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started a preliminary enquiry against Ludhiana CP  Kuldeep Singh Chahal who was SSP Chandigarh prior to this and prematurely repatriated from Chandigarh to his parent cadre in Punjab, allegedly due to charges of misconduct.

Chahal, is a 2009-batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre who was posted as SSP Chandigarh. He was repatriated 10 months before completing his three tenure as SSP Chandigarh.

The removal of Chahal from the post of SSP Chandigarh had sparked a row between Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit. While Mann opposed the repatriation and charges on Chahal, Purohit reportedly complained of misconduct. 

Chahal had joined as SSP (UT) in October, 2019. He was repatriated on December 12, 2022.

The CBI in Chandigarh began a probe and contacted UT administration for relevant documents in the case. However, the agency refused to divulge information at this juncture. 

It was learnt that the probe against Chahal was initiated following a communication from the office of Governor, Punjab-cum-UT Administrator, Banwarilal Purohit.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Singh Mann had shot off a letter of protest to the state Governor Banwarilal Purohit against SSP Chahal’s transfer.

In his letter Mann said, “The post of Senior Superintendent of Police, Union Territory, Chandigarh has traditionally been occupied by a Punjab-cadre IPS officer and that of Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh by a Haryana-cadre officer.

However, I am surprised to learn that Kuldeep Singh Chahal IPS (PB:2009) has been repatriated to Punjab prematurely and the charge of this post has been given to a Haryana-cadre IPS officer. This is going to disturb the balance among the States in running the affairs of UT, Chandigarh.”

In his response, Purohit had written, “When serious inputs started coming about the misconduct of SSP U.T. Chahal, I ascertained their authenticity from reliable sources, after which, I communicated telephonically with Chief Secretary, Punjab on 28th Nov., 2022, my decision to remove Chahal, SSP U.T. from critical post. At the same time I advised him to send a panel of efficient IPS officers for the post of SSP, U.T. I also told him that DGP, U.T. Praveer Ranjan, will apprise’ you of the facts. Accordingly Sh. Praveer Ranjan met Chief Secretary, Punjab, on 30th November., 2022 at 4.30 PMand narrated the details of the case and also requested for a panel, to be sent by Govt. of Punjab.”


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