The vigilance cell of Madhya Pradesh police has identified six traffic police officials of Bhopal, including two inspectors, in the alleged penalty slips (challan) scam. Lakhs of rupees were allegedly bungled by the traffic police personnel by issuing challan receipts bearing the same serial numbers.
The vigilance cell has now recommended departmental enquiry (DE) against the six officials, including inspectors Ajay Pawar and Dileep Singh Parihar, sub-inspectors (SI) RK Jat and BP Mishra, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) KN Gaud and (retired) ASI Sudama Prasad.
Sources told HT that the vigilance cell had received a complaint that the Bhopal traffic police personnel were issuing challan receipts bearing the same serial numbers to several people.
“After receiving the complaint we conducted a probe and it was found that several people were indeed issued challan slips bearing the same number. It was also found that some traffic police personnel were not maintaining records of challan they were issuing,” said a senior official of vigilance cell.
The officer said a substantial amount could have been bungled in the form of fines by these six officials. “The reason as to why challan receipts bearing the same number will be clear in DE. They must have bungled lakhs of rupees collected from people who violated traffic rules,” said the officer.
Additional director general of police (ADG), vigilance, Pradeep Runwal, said reports had been sent to Bhopal police recommending DE against traffic police officials.
Superintendent of police (headquarters), Anil Maheshwari, however, ruled out bungling. “We have received the vigilance report and started investigation…There was no bungling of money, it was only callousness of traffic police officials of not maintain records. Due to shortage of challan books, they issued challan on the carbon copies, which should have been deposited in the office.”
Penalty slips scam
There are two pages of same serial number in a challan book
One page is for the traffic violator in whose name the challan is issued and second page, which is known as carbon copy, is for the traffic official to maintain record
The traffic personnel accused in the scam allegedly issued challans in the carbon copy as well.