The first FIR via the anti-corruption hotline, an initiative of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was registered based on the complaint of a daily-wage worker at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
A second complaint received on the hotline, which was launched on Thursday, has led to the arrest of a bailiff working in a sub-registrar’s office. He had threatened a cooperative society head with a warrant if the latter didn’t pay a bribe of Rs 5,500.
Manoj Kumar Nagar, whose complaint led to the registration of the first FIR, said, “I was building a house in Wazirabad. Since November, a head constable has been asking me for money. I managed to give him Rs 8,000, but in January, he demanded Rs 10,000 for each beam installed in my house. He threatened to stop construction if I didn’t pay him.”
“I am a poor man and have three children to fend for. I had almost given up, when I heard about the hotline. I called on the hotline and was advised to contact the ACB and give a complaint. I had recorded my conversations with the head constable over phone in December where he had threatened to stop construction. Those at the hotline were very patient and directed me to the ACB,” Nagar said.
Nagar recorded his statement at the ACB office on Wednesday.
“The inspectors said they were going to trap the constable and gave me Rs 5,000, the notes covered with a powder dye. I called the constable and asked him to meet me in Wazirabad,” Nagar said.
Nagar was accompanied by an inspector who had covered his face with a muffler. “The constable was about to accept the money when he noticed the inspector’s shoes and realised he was a policeman. He refused to accept the bribe,” Nagar said. The ACB is yet to arrest him.
The second complainant Virender Singh, a resident of Alipur, is the head of a co-operative society. Based on his complaint, a bailiff at the sub-registrar’s office on Parliament Street has been arrested by the ACB. According to sources, Banwari Lal (50) was arrested for threatening to issue a warrant against Singh.
Singh told ACB officers that Lal had been demanding a bribe of Rs 5,500. Singh conducted an audio-sting and submitted it to the ACB. Following this, on Thursday morning, a trap was laid and Lal was arrested.
New hotline number —1031
The government has released a new anti-corruption hotline number, 1031. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in the last 36 hours, over 23,500 calls have been received at the hotline centre. In 16 cases, stings have been conducted and traps are to be laid to arrest the culprits, he said. From Monday, large-scale stings and raids.
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