The “entire” 11th battalion of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) has written to the Director General of Police, accusing their chief — RAC additional DGP Rajiv Dasot — of corruption and have sought action against him.
Several battalions of the RAC, the state police’s main armed force, are engaged in security detail at important offices at New Delhi, including the Prime Minister’s Office, Supreme Court and various embassies among others.
In a letter to DGP Manoj Bhatt on Thursday, the staff of RAC’s 11th battalion have accused IPS officer Rajiv Dasot of corruption and favouritism. The letter has been endorsed by IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary, who was till recently commandant of the RAC’s 11th battalion in Delhi. Chaudhary was recently posted back in Jaipur with the additional charge of SP, State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).
The subject line of the letter reads: “Regarding massive corruption and irregularities by ADG Rajiv Dasot and protection granted by him to officers/jawans of a criminal tendency”. It is signed by “All jawans and officers of the 11th battalion, RAC”.
Dismissing the allegations against him, RAC additional DGP Dasot told The Indian Express, “A lot of such unverified, frivolous letters keep doing the rounds. It’s the work of some disgruntled person. When you work professionally and strictly, some people are bound to be uncomfortable and they resort to such tactics then.”
The 11th battalion was, till recently, helmed by Chaudhary who had earlier accused the Vasundhara Raje government of shunting him out from the post of Bundi SP to the RAC’s 11th battalion in Delhi after he acted against some members of the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal for allegedly inciting communal riots in September 2014.
Chaudhary, who was in October transferred to the SCRB office in Jaipur, received the letter on Thursday and, on Friday, marked a copy endorsed by him to the DGP, chief secretary, home secretary, the State Human Rights Commission and the Lokayukta.
“I had become aware of the wrongful actions and working style of this officer (Dasot) while being posted as the commandant of the 11th battalion. Any action taken against him will be in the interest of the RAC,” Chaudhary wrote in his endorsement note, adding, “These allegations can be backed by proof if the need arises.”
The complaint letter alleges, “The police department has layers of authority. It is probably the first time that an
ADG-rank officer is executing the duties of an IG. Rajiv Dasot has bifurcated the RAC and has kept the charge of one IG to himself in order to earn money by controlling postings, transfers, departmental enquiries and promotions.”
The letter goes on to accuse Dasot of irregularities in recruitment, transfers, besides favouritism, in a series of allegations outlined across 12 points.
“As per my knowledge, all these allegations are true. I myself had noted these irregularities and instances of corruption when I was the commandant. I had even written about these to the DGP twice earlier,” Chaudhary told The Indian Express.
“In fact, when I started challenging some of his decisions about postings, he created pressure by lobbying in Jaipur and had me transferred back to Jaipur. He was particularly miffed after I refused to reinstate a suspended constable, one of his favourites, who is so notorious that even the Delhi police have issued a notice saying he should not be deputed for VIP duty,” Chaudhary said.