Submit detailed enquiry report within 10 days, CMO tells Home Dept
IMPHAL: Taking serious note of conferment of Chief Minister Gallantry award to one tainted Police officer on Independence Day, Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has directed the State Home Department to institute an enquiry into the nomination of the police officer for the award and submit a detailed report to the Government within 10 days.
Secretary to Chief Minister Manipur Ningthoujam Geoffrey gave the directive to the State Home Department in a UO note on August 18.
Sl Bheishamayum Debson Singh of Commando Unit of Imphal East district, who was arrested on April 28, 2013 for his involvement in transporting a consignment of drugs, was recently awarded the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry which was announced on August 13, 2020. The award was conferred on the said officer based on recommendations made by the Police Department.
“Recommending such an officer for a State level award reflects poorly on the Committee(s) constituted for examining nominations and finalizing them before submission to the Government. Considering the Incident in its totality, there is a need to put in place, a foolproof system of antecedent & character verification, vigilance clearance for police personnel proposed for consideration of the awards and clear deadlines for processing the same, amongst others,” said the CMO.
It directed the Home Department to institute an enquiry into the nomination of the tainted cop officer for conferment of the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry and examine various aspects whether due diligence was followed by the Committee while finalising the recommendations; whether the recommendations were reviewed before submission to the Government.
It sought for a detailed report within 10 days.
It also asked Home Department to draw up detail procedures for conferment of the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Devotion to Duty so that such incidents do not recur in future.