The vigilance department of the Delhi police registered cases against two police officers who were caught on camera allegedly demanding and accepting bribe. The video and audio recordings of the officers taking bribe were sent on the Vigilance branch helpline number using WhatsApp, police said.
In the first case, an ASI was caught on camera taking money from a complainant allegedly for expediting the process of his police verification. The ASI, Tuki Singh, from Hauz Qazi police station, reportedly asked for Rs 400 from the complainant. The complainant then recorded the conversation on his mobile phone and sent it to the Vigilance branch.
In the second incident, the complainant sent six audio clippings of a constable of Ranjit Nagar police station demanding a bribe for allowing the complainant to run his shop in the main market.
“The audio recording revealed that constable Santram demanded Rs 1,000 every month to let the complainant’s shop operate. The deal was finally settled at Rs 800 a month,” a Vigilance officer said.
It was also revealed that in September 2013, Head Constable Kuldeep Tyagi had taken Rs 25,000 from the complainant for not sealing his shop on the orders of the court. All conversations with Tyagi were recorded on the complainant’s mobile phone. The complainant further alleged that on August 2, Constable Ravi and Constable Bijender came to his shop and demanded Rs 500 a month for running a godown.
After negotiations, Bijender, finally agreed to pay Rs 300. All these conversation were also recorded by the complainant,” a police officer said.
“We had launched the Vigilance Branch helpline number— 9910641064 — on August 6. People with any corruption-related complaint against any police personnel can just record an audio or video clipping on their mobile phone and send it to the helpline number via messaging service, WhatsApp. This time we received two video and three audio clips regarding demand and acceptance of bribe, following which action under PoC Act 1988 has been initiated against the errant parties,” DCP (Vigilance) Sindhu Pillai said.