Pathankot’s terror-tainted SP Salwinder Singh charged for rape


A rape case has been registered by the Punjab Police against former Gurdaspur superintendent of police (headquarters) Salwinder Singh.

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In context of Pathankot Airbase attack, On January 1 a lie detector test was held by NIA against Salwinder Singh.

The case was confirmed by Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jagdeep Singh Hundal that Salwinder was booked on rape charges.

“The FIR was registered under section 376-C (sexual intercourse by person in authority) of the Indian Penal Code at the Gurdaspur city police station following an inquiry conducted by Pathankot SP (headquarters) GS Khurana into the complaint of a woman who had accused Salwinder of exploiting her”, sources said.

On Wednesday night, assistant commandant of Punjab Armed Police (PAP) at Jalandhar was also booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

When Salwinder Singh was posted in Gurdaspur, the charges of rape case were put against him. The reports revealed that the woman had sought help of Salwinder, who allegedly accepted Rs 50,000 bribe from the complainant, besides harassing her sexually.

On Wednesday, he was called up by the Inspector General (IG) Gurpreet Deo, who heads the sexual harassment committee of the Punjab Police, in another complaint of sexual harassment by five women cops who were serving under him at Gurdaspur.

Salwinder said, “This complaint in which I have been booked pertains to 2014. Then Batala SSP had conducted a probe into the allegations of the complainant and found them to be false. I was given a clean chit in 2015. This is a conspiracy being hatched by some police officers who want to malign my image,” he said.

Salwinder added, “The police has registered the case of rape against me as they are unable to accept the fact that I have been found innocent despite being questioned several times by different agencies after the Pathankot attack. Had I been corrupt in any manner, these agencies would have put me behind bars”.

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On December 31, Salwinder Singh along with his cook and a friend was allegedly kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists before they launched an attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 2.