CHANDIGARH, Punjab—After receiving a number of complaints, the Election Commission has sought formation of a three member panel to replace the tainted Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Saini. Congress, and other parties, demanded removal of Saini ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls based on the number of criminal charges pending against him.
Saini enjoys close proximity with Akalis. Despite having a close hand in the post Operation Bluestar murders of a number of Sikhs, he was appointed as Punjab DGP by Sukhbir Badal. He would likely be replaced by panel of three DGPs, namely GD Pandey of the Punjab Home Guards, Suresh Arora of the Vigilance Bureau, and Sanjiv Gupta of Security and Vigilance. Sumedh Saini has already filed a request for “leave” which has been accepted by the Election Commission. He is said to have filed his leave application after the Election Commission had transferred a number of other officers.
Siani’s removal means a huge setback for Akali Dal (Badal) which had opposed orders from the Election Commission on the basis that the DGP had already overseen two major elections during his tenure.