Man who ‘stung’ 130 cops is back,HC calls for status reports

He had brought about the suspension of 130 police personnel after he captured them on camera while accepting bribes.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 1:11 am

He had brought about the suspension of 130 police personnel after he captured them on camera while accepting bribes. Now,Chetan Sharma is back in the Delhi High Court,which has called for status reports from Delhi Police Commissioner,Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on action taken on his “sting operations”.

Sharma’s sting operations started in 2002,when he decided to take on bootleggers operating near his house in West Delhi.

He allegedly caught on camera more than 100 personnel of the Delhi Police,Traffic Police,MCD and SDM’s office in the act of harassing people and taking bribes.

Sharma’s sting operations led to the suspension of around 100 policemen in 2008,after a vigilance inquiry identified them on a tape where they were seen accepting bribes from drivers of speeding Blueline buses. Another 30 policemen were suspended after a second round of such operations.

The High Court had earlier disposed of his petitions saying police,CVC and MHA officials would conduct an investigation into the matter. Sharma was asked to submit video tapes,memory cards,etc,with the registry.

But through his counsel Manish Khanna,Sharma recently moved an application in the High Court,alleging that the Police Commissioner,CVC or Secretary of MHA were not carrying out investigations.

He said he was seeking the court’s intervention to check on the progress of the investigations.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw accepted Sharma’s submissions that the court and the petitioner must be informed about the status of investigations,and issued a notice to the authorities concerned.

“This is a reasonable and legitimate prayer made by the petitioner,” said the bench,and asked for a status report by the first week of February.

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