Next time, don’t be shocked if a policeman lands at your doorstep, enquiring about your neighbours. Following the Uber rape case, the Special Branch Unit of Delhi Police has started door-to-door verification of every applicant before giving the police clearance certificate (PCC).
Earlier, the Special Branch Unit used to give PCC within seven days after receiving the report from the local police. However, the local police only checked the person concerned’s criminal records. The unit has now started giving PCC after 21 days after visiting the addresses concerned and verifying with neighbours.
Sources told Newsline that in the Uber case, accused Shiv Kumar Yadav got the PCC through an agent and, earlier, his application was denied due to his involvement in a rape case in 2011. In the first month of January, several matters were also reported where the applicants had not given appropriate details of their home, but the police stations concerned had given them PCC.
“Senior officers of Special Branch Unit had discussed this with the top brass of Delhi Police at Police Headquarters and they decided to change the method of giving PCC. They decided that now onwards officers of Special Branch Unit will start visiting addresses concerned and will give PCC only after examining the details of the applicant,” a police officer said.
“After the decision, now officers have started visiting in the field and, apart from checking the details of applicant, they are also recording the statement of applicant’s neighbours. Nowadays, they are giving PCC after 21 days,” the officer added.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Garima Bhatnagar said, “We have received 59,364 applications for the PCC and issued 45,137 since August 15 to March 15; 53,100 applicants applied for PCC for their job, while 6,264 applications were verified by the companies.”
Meanwhile, the Special Branch Unit has also decided to help patients who need PCC before undergoing surgery for organ replacement. They have decided to give them PCC within 21 days through e-mail as currently patients have to wait for nearly six months. “We are going to start this online facility for the patients from the first week of June and then they don’t have to wait so long for the PCC,” Bhatnagar added.
To collect the form, people have to come to the Special Branch Office and, after submitting the forms, officers of Special Branch will verify all the details and send them the PCC through e-mail.