Delhi cops suspended for letting ‘spiritual leader’ sit in official chair

The Station House Officer and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of East Delhi’s Vivek Vihar police station were suspended and four other policemen taken off duty after a photograph of self-styled spiritual leader Radhe Maa sitting in the SHO’s chair emerged on Thursday.

In the September 28 photo, SHO Sanjay Sharma is seen standing with folded hands, right next to the seated Radhe Maa. He is also seen wearing a red “chunri” on his uniform. A video on the official Facebook page of Radhe Maa showed the ASI singing next to her as other officers participated.

The SHO said in his defence that Radhe Maa had come to use the washroom and later sat in his chair. Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa has been a controversial figure who likes the colour red, and carries a mini trishul. She has three criminal cases registered against her including one in which she is accused of seducing one of her devotees and hurting religious sentiments.

In 2015, the Mumbai police declared her an absconder in an alleged case of dowry harassment.

An actress has also filed a criminal case against her.

“A preliminary inquiry found that it is a matter of professional misconduct. Further action will be taken after a detailed inquiry,” said senior Delhi police official Nupur Prasad.

Four other policemen from GTB enclave Police Station seen singing in the video were identified as ASI Radhe Krishan, Head Constable Pramod, Constable Hitesh and Constable Ravinder. They have been sent to the district lines, which means they will not get any position or responsibility pending inquiry.

Radhe Maa had been invited for Ramlila celebrations in GTB enclave and Vivek Vihar area. Around midnight, she reached Vivek Vihar Police Station and sought to use its washroom.

The Station House Officer and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of East Delhi’s Vivek Vihar police station were suspended and four other policemen were taken off duty after a photograph of Radhe Maa sitting in the SHO’s chair emerged on Thursday.

In the September 28 photo, SHO Sanjay Sharma is seen standing with folded hands, right next to the seated self-styled god-woman. He is also seen wearing a red “chunri” on his uniform. A video on the official Facebook page of Radhe Maa showed the ASI singing next to her as other officers participated.

The SHO said in his defence that Radhe Maa had come to use the washroom and later sat in his chair. Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa has been a controversial figure who likes the colour red, and carries a mini trishul.

In 2015, the Mumbai police declared her an absconder in an alleged case of dowry harassment.

An actress has also filed a criminal case against her.

Four other policemen from GTB enclave Police Station seen singing in the video were identified as ASI Radhe Krishan, Head Constable Pramod, Constable Hitesh and Constable Ravinder. They have been sent to the district lines, which means they will not get any position or responsibility pending inquiry.

 

 

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