The Congress and other parties have demanded removal of Saini ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls based on the number of criminal charges pending against him.

Saini, who enjoys close proximity with Akalis, was appointed as Punjab DGP by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

He is likely be replaced by one from a 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.

According to sources, Saini has sent request for ‘leave’ which has been accepted by the Election Commission in Delhi.

He is said to have filed his leave application after the Election Commission had transferred a number of other officers.

Saini's removal means a setback for the Akali Dal, which had opposed orders from the Election Commission on the basis that the DGP had already overseen two major elections during his tenure.

Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira had sought Saini's removal on the ground that he was chargesheeted in a criminal case in 2006.

Besides, some Congress MPs from the state and former chief minister Amarinder Singh too had said that free and fair elections would not be possible in the state if Saini remained the DGP.


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