Of the six policemen sent from Bihar to Delhi to join its Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), only two have speciliased anti-graft experience. One inspector and a sub-inspector were last posted with the economic offences unit (EOU) of Bihar police.
The leader of the six-member team – a deputy superintendent of police – has no specialised anti-corruption experience and was last posted as a sub-divisional police officer at Arwal.
Bihar’s director-general of police, P K Thakur, said the state police could not afford to give officers away from its “best lot because of staff constraints”, but had sent ones with “integrity, good credentials and over 10 years of field experience. Thakur said the request from Delhi police to send some police officers to join the ACB in the capital had been made on April 4.
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Soon after assuming office in mid-February, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had requested his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar to assist Delhi police in fighting graft. Bihar Police, through a notification on April 21, sent DSP Sanjay Bharti, inspectors Zakir Hussain, Santosh Kumar and Hare Krishna Mandal (EOU) and sub-inspectors Bipin Kumar Singh and Sanjay Kumar (EOU) on deputation with Delhi Police for three years.
“After getting the request from Delhi Police, we sent list of some police officers after scrutinising their CVs. We also took into consideration their availability and willingness,” DGP Thakur told The Indian Express.
Delhi government has also been looking to recruit officers from Uttar Pradesh. In some quarters, the move is being read through a political lens, both Bihar and UP being non-BJP ruled states.
The decision to appoint officers from the states of Bihar and UP was made a month and a half ago when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed among other administrative matters, the recruitment of officers for the ACB.
Sources said the decision is in tandem with the rules which allow only half of ACB’s personnel to be those from the Delhi Police while the remaining are required to be from other forces — the Central Paramilitary Forces including the Central Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force.
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