Crime Branch told to file case,probe cops accused of graft

As many as 200 police personnel,besides a number of SDMs,Excise officers and Traffic policemen,were suspended after he caught them on camera,seeking bribes and extorting money.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:February 16, 2012 3:43 am

As many as 200 police personnel,besides a number of SDMs,Excise officers and Traffic policemen,were suspended after he caught them on camera,seeking bribes and extorting money. Now,following a departmental inquiry,the Vigilance department has asked the Crime Branch to register a case in this regard under Sections 7/13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (POC),and carry out a probe.

Chetan Sharma,a property dealer from Southwest Delhi,launched his sting operations in 2002. They led to the suspension of 115 policemen in 2008,most of whom were caught accepting bribes from Blueline bus drivers. A second round of sting operations resulted in the suspension of 30 police personnel.

The FIR states: “For the last few years,I have been conducting sting operations against corrupt police officers. This time,I took on MCD workers and Traffic policemen. I have submitted the original copies of my videos as well as memory cards to the court.”

Speaking to Newsline,Sharma said,“The present case has details of everybody involved in each operation… about 65 officers have been named in this case.”

A reference to these cases have been made in an FIR,dated February 10,stating: “Officers were involved in extorting money from Blueline bus drivers,bootlegging,extorting money for registering cases (at Ambedkar Nagar police station),taking bribes to register rape cases,to prevent being implicated in a false case,getting an OBC certificate made from the SDM’s office,seeking bribes for constructing a house in the area.”

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Goel said,“We have registered a case under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Further investigation is underway.”

Pawan Sharma,counsel for the Delhi Police,on Wednesday submitted a status report before a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and apprised the court about a fresh FIR filed in the case. The counsel further assured the court that a chargesheet,pertaining to another FIR filed in 2010,was also being prepared,and it will be filed before a trial court soon.

Meanwhile,police alleged that Sharma had dubious credentials,and the witnesses he had cited to substantiate his case were involved in several criminal cases. The court,however,said it was not concerned about the credentials of the petitioner at this juncture,and the only relevant issue was whether the investigating agencies carried out probe diligently on the complaints.

The court has sought a status report from the CVC,and asked police to file a report on the probe by April.

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