Investigating officers say he even kept his wife and in-laws in the dark about his designation
He faked his rank and uniform, drove in a stolen SUV, frequented discotheques and night clubs and did everything to impress girls.
While none of this was part of his official duty, a disco-loving assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Punjab police is now cooling his heels in the lock-up.
Jarnail Singh was arrested by Chandigarh police at a special checkpoint early this week. The questioning by police revealed that he was walking on the wrong side of law.
Posted at Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake as a coach for the Punjab Police rowing team, Singh has been booked for impersonating and wearing the uniform of an inspector illegally and driving around in a Pajero stolen from Delhi. "He admitted during questioning that he was flaunting himself as an inspector and driving the SUV to impress girls at discotheques. He seemed quite frequent at discos, pubs and night clubs," said a cop.
When the fake inspector was arrested, he was driving in the stolen Pajero and was wearing the uniform of an inspector.
"When we intercepted him at a special checkpoint, he behaved suspiciously. He could not produce his identity card but during frisking we found two I-cards," Crime Branch in-charge Amanjot Singh said.
One identity card was found to be genuine and the other fake.
The Punjab police battalion, to which Singh belongs, has been informed of his arrest.
As Chandigarh police got the verification of the Pajero done, it was revealed that the SUV was stolen from Delhi in March and a case had been lodged at the Lajpat Nagar police station.
Police are now investigating Singh's involvement in car theft cases as well as allegations that he had duped youth of over Rs 10 lakh with promises of sending them abroad.
Police officials said Singh, who hails from Punjab's Moga district, had even kept his wife and in-laws in the dark about his being an ASI.
"He pretended to be an inspector even before them," a police official said.