In the wake of suspension of 36 Nehru Nagar constables in one stroke Wednesday for allegedly accepting bribes,commissioner Satyapal Singh asked all senior police officers in the city Friday to compile a list of black sheep in the force.
He convened an urgent meeting of officers of DCP and above ranks at the Mumbai Police headquarters in Crawford Market,where the issue was discussed and several decisions were taken to rein in corruption and fix accountability for lapses.
These (black sheep) include policemen against whom there have been reports or complaints of corruption and those who have faced inquiries for graft while serving in Mumbai or elsewhere. Deputy commissioners of police have been also instructed to take complaints of corruption against cops more seriously, said Singh.
Asked if this meant such complaints were not taken seriously before,he said,Let us say they were not taken as seriously as they should have been.
Wednesday,36 constables at Nehru Nagar police station were suspended after a local activist filmed them accepting bribes for allowing renovation of a dilapidated structure.
Singh said suspended senior inspector Dhananjay Bagayatkar should have been aware of the racket his subordinates were running.
We have also decided to strengthen vigilance at each police station. We are planning to divide the strength of each police station into subgroups and assign certain officers the job of overseeing activities of a certain number of subordinates. This will depend on the hierarchy. For example,an assistant inspector will be made in charge of a group of sub-inspectors. The officer in charge will also be held responsible if a policeman under him is found indulging in malpractices, he said.
The 36 suspended constables have been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and are being probed by the anti-corruption bureau. Bagayatkar,meanwhile,is facing a departmental inquiry by DCP (zone 6) Lakhmi Gautam.