LAHORE - A senior police officer arrested for raping a teenage girl in Lahore’s Kahna area yesterday was sent to jail for 14 days on judicial remand. A police spokesperson said the officer had been suspended from service since February 2015.

DSP Imran Babar Jameel is the same character who made headlines in the national media for criticising top police officers in 2010 and 2012.

The DSP was taken into custody yesterday after the police filed a criminal case against him on the complaint of the mother of a young girl. The resident of Gulshan-e-Munir told the police that “one DSP Imran Babar Jameel kidnapped her young daughter, took her somewhere on his car and continued raping her there”.

According to a spokesman for the Lahore police, DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf ordered the police to register a case against the DSP on the complaint of the victim’s mother. The DIG also directed the police to arrest the rape suspect and ensure investigations on merit.

A police party headed by SHO Kahna conducted a raid and arrested Babar Jameel. The suspect was produced before a judicial magistrate yesterday and later he was sent on judicial remand.

Police officer Babar Jameel while talking to reporters denied the allegations. “I am being implicated in this case by my opponents who are in the police department. I had exposed the Punjab Law Minister, IGP, Lahore SP CIA Omar Virk and other senior officers in 2012. Therefore, I am being victimized,” the handcuffed officer said when he was brought to a local court yesterday.  A high-powered investigation team has been constituted on the orders of Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains to investigate the case. The three-member investigation team will be headed by Lahore DIG (Investigation) Chaudhry Sultan while SSP (Investigation) and Model Town SP (Investigation) are members of the team.

If proved guilty, the alleged rapist could be sentenced to death.

The city police chief also directed the officers to investigate the case by using scientific methods of investigations. “In order to obtain forensic evidences, the DNA tests of the suspect and the victim will be conducted. The investigations will be ensured on merit and all legal formalities will be fulfilled,” the spokesman said. He said that the suspect, Imran Babar Jameel, was suspended from service because of his “irresponsible behaviour” on February 20, 2010.

In 2010, Lahore police arrested DSP Imran Babar days after he claimed that SP CIA Omar Virk and other senior officers were backing the robbers and dacoits. He was serving as DSP Rang Mahal police circle in Lahore at that time.

A criminal case was lodged against him with the Islampura police station under section 409 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for criminal breach of trust by a public servant. In one case, Imran had been accused of posing as the Punjab inspector general of police.  Pervaiz Rathore, the then Capital City Police Officer, had reacted to Babar’s allegations saying that he made a mockery of himself in front of the media. At that time, the DSP’s arrest was not a surprise to him.

“It was obvious from his behaviour that he was going to get arrested sooner or later because after all, he is a police officer and he should not have attempted to act as a public hero”. Mr Rathore further stated, “He has been tearing FIRs, accusing his superiors, he has tarnished the police’s image at a time when we are overburdened with search operations and tracing terrorists”.

Two years later, the arrest and the subsequent alleged third degree investigation methods including police torture on DSP Imran Babar had created unrest among policemen. Some policemen had supported the ranker officer who had tried to expose the powerful CSP class. However, he was booked in four different cases by police and many policemen had condemned his actions.

Talking to The Nation, a senior police officer yesterday said that the allegations that the DSP had leveled against his seniors were a routine practice in the police department. “His earlier actions had brought bad name to the police department. The police are a disciplined force and no one could be allowed to breach the trust or the discipline,” the officer said.

According to a former colleague of the police official, Imran Babar Jameel belonged to Chakwal district. He is an MA in English Literature, which may explain some of his erratic behaviour.