Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung called a meeting with senior Delhi Police officers on Thursday to review the law and order situation in Delhi, especially cases of corruption reported against police personnel.
Senior police officers apprised Jung of the action that Delhi Police’s vigilance branch had taken against erring policemen. According to the figures given out by Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) Amulya Patnaik, 36 cases were registered against 74 police personnel under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The 74 comprise two inspectors, six sub-inspectors, six assistant sub-inspectors, 22 head constables and 38 constables.
“Departmental action in the form of suspensions was ensured against the defaulting personnel. In all, 69 officers have been placed under suspension and eight were dismissed on corruption charges. Of these, 39 are from the local police, 14 from the traffic unit and 24 from police control room,” Patnaik said.
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Police said since its inception in August last year, the vigilance branch has received a barrage of complaints of police inaction and corruption among others – precisely 85,657 WhatsApp messages, 10,442 calls and 3,590 SMSes. Moreover, police informed Jung that 10 cases under the PoC Act were registered in other police stations in the city against 10 police personnel – five sub-inspectors, one assistant sub-inspector, two head constables and two constables.
Police also said it had received about 3,000 complaints pertaining to departments under the Delhi government such as the municipal corporations, the Delhi Jal Board and the Transport department among others on the helpline. “We referred these complaints to the Anti-Corruption Branch of the GNCT of Delhi for further necessary action,” police said.