With as many as 74 police personnel dismissed or removed from the force in 2008, Delhi Police seems desperate to get their act together. In a drive to check corruption and bring in transparency, the Delhi Police Vigilance branch took action against 1,149 corrupt personnel in 2008.
"We won't take cases of corruption or any misconduct lightly and the results are in front of you," said Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal at the annual press conference on Friday.
While services of 194 were forfeited, 84 were punished by withholding increment and 790 by censure.
The highest number of those involved in criminal cases were from the constabulary. While 470 constables faced punishment in 2008, the number of head constables who faced the music was 226. A total of 102 Inspectors were punished in this regard last year, while the number for Sub-Inspectors were 166 and 175 Assistant Sub-Inspectors.
Action was also taken against 102 'delinquent' police personnel, including two Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs). They were served with advisory memo.
Departmental inquiry has been initiated against 37 police personnel, including eight Inspectors, while show-cause notice served on 18 others, which had one Assistant Commissioner of Police and six Inspectors. Explanation have been sought from nine while three others are warned for being delinquent.
According to Dadwal, no one has been under the scanner for doubtful integrity. He added: “I have always made rooting out corruption within the department my first priority.”
The drive against delinquent officers includes surprise checks of 540 police stations and police posts and action against as many as 113 police personnel has been proposed.