DSI cancels police chiefs' sessions
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Wednesday cancelled plans to question the current national police chief and his predecessor in the 5.8-billion baht scandal of unfinished construction of police stations.
- Published: 20/02/2013 at 06:21 PM
- Newspaper section: news
The decision to excuse national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew and ex-chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong was made following a meeting between Thanin Prempree, deputy chief of the DSI's Bureau of Special Crime 2, and officials from the Comptroller General's Department.
The officials were invited to clarify the department’s regulations on state procurement procedures. The DSI investigator said he would compare them with what actually happened as the construction project became delayed.
The information obtained from the Comptroller General indicated that Pol Gen Adul and Pol Gen Priewpan were not involved in any activities related to breach of the construction contract during their terms at the top of the Royal Thai Police Office, Mr Thanin said.
Investigations into politicians and civil servants in alleged price bidding collusion could be wrapped up and submitted to the National Anti-Corruption Commission by next week, he added.
Pol Gen Adul last week went public with his anger over the DSI’s plan to summon him in the scandal probe.
He said if DSI chief Tarit Pengdith wanted any information from him, Mr Tarit should explain forthrightly what it is.
He and Pol Gen Priewpan were high-ranking officials and it was rather insensitive of the DSI chief to simply say in public that he and Pol Gen Priewpan would be summoned for questioning in the suspected corruption case.
"Please don't exploit this crisis [of the national police] as a tool to claim credit," Pol Gen Adul said.
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- Writer: King-oua Laohong
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