New Delhi: A penalty of compulsory retirement was imposed on the Deputy Superintendent of Tihar Jail Jagdish Singh for the alleged misdemeanour of assisting prisoners. Singh was “found guilty of assisting the illegal meeting of a prisoner with an outsider and releasing another prisoner without proper order of the court”, stated news agency ANI.  Singh was removed after an order was issued by the Delhi Chief Secretary. Also Read - Illegal scrap units: NGT asks AAP govt to furnish Rs 5 cr

Jagdish Singh had released a prisoner without receiving proper order from a competent court, said an official statement which was released on Tuesday. As per the vigilance department, an inquiry was conducted in the matter and Singh was removed from his post with the approval of Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev. Also Read - Fulfil assurances by Delhi govt in Assembly in stipulated time or face action:CS to officers

The statement read: “Jagdish Singh, Deputy Superintendent, Central Jail Tihar, was found guilty of assisting illegal meeting of a prisoner with an outsider, and also in another case, he released a prisoner without a proper release order of the competent court.” There will be zero tolerance policy towards corruption and misdemeanour, stated Dev who appointed as the Delhi chief secretary in the month of November 2018. Also Read - Delhi's air quality very poor, MeT conditions slightly favourable for pollutant dispersion

As per the 2018 data, the 3rd Battalion has escorted a total of 2,97,420 prisoners from various categories to produce them in the courts. Moreover, 655 under-trial prisoners were taken into police custody before the parole hearings, stated a report.

The 3rd Battalion of Delhi Armed Police revealed that they have recovered banned articles such as cash, blades, knives, mobile phones, and narcotic substances last year from prisoners of Tihar jail. The Battalion cops are deployed to escort under-trial prisoners and convicts to and from the prison.

In a similar incident, a health department’s store purchase supervisor was removed for “irregularities” amounting to Rs 46,64,000 in the purchase of consumables for stores of a state-run hospital.

(With Agency inputs)