Nearly half of the operations launched by the anti-corruption branch based on complaints lodged by residents on the Delhi government's anti-corruption helpline are against the police.
According to sources in the helpline, the staff of the three municipal corporations is the second most
'corrupt' group. In nearly 30% of the cases, civic officials are under the scanner of anti-corruption sleuths.
"There are 350 cases that require a sting operation and we are training the callers on it. Since in majority of the cases the second party is police, we need to be extra cautious while trapping them. We have already failed in one case, where a police constable refused to take money at the last moment," said a senior official, requesting anonymity.
Till now, seven FIRs have been registered with the anti-corruption branch (ACB) and four people have been arrested, including two Delhi Police personnel.
"Our intention is not to put everyone behind the bars but to a create fear among the corrupt. The impact is already there as people who had demanded money in the sting operation refused to take it when ACB officials went to trap them. People have stopped taking money and that was our objective," the official added.
The number of calls on the helpline has come down drastically as against over 11,000 calls on the first two days; the helpline received barely 3,000 calls on Monday. To date, the helpline has received 36,000 calls, of which 12,000 could be attended.
"We knew the number of calls will come down eventually. But the residents of Delhi still need to understand that the helpline is solely meant for complaints against corrupt officials. People are still calling with other grievances and of the 12,000 calls we managed to attend, only 1,000 required a sting operation to catch the culprits," the official said.
The government had also launched a four digit number -- 1031 -- for anti-corruption calls and it will operate simultaneously with the old eight-digit number announced earlier.
The ACB is planning to conduct seven raids on Wednesday. However, the department has decided to register cases even where the money is not exchanged.
"In one case, a police constable refused to take money at the last moment. But we are going ahead with lodging an FIR and will try to locate more witnesses to build a case against the accused constable," he said.
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