A Delhi Police inspector and his three junior officers were transferred to the district lines and relieved of their present posting after their alleged involvement in siphoning off R 10 lakh from a man caught with R 30 lakh cash. An inquiry has been ordered against the four.
On Wednesday, the four men posted with the outer district’s operation unit had received a tip-off about a man carrying R 31 lakh in old currency notes for his employer.
The police said that the four policemen seized around R 31 lakh from outside the Rithala Metro station but in their daily diary the records showed that they recovered only R 21 lakh. The four didn’t inform their seniors.
SBK Singh, special commissioner of police (law and order, north) confirmed that one inspector, two head constables and a constable were sent to district lines after they learnt about the misappropriation. Singh also said that Pankaj Singh, additional DCP (outer) was appointed to conduct an enquiry into the matter.
“If found guilty, strict action will be taken against the four,” said Singh. Sources said an FIR can be registered against if the allegations against the four policemen were found true. The money belonged to Navneet Jain, who deals in real estate. His employee Deepak was allegedly carrying the cash for exchange purpose when the special staff members seized it.
This is the third case of alleged corruption involving the Delhi Police reported in the last one week. On Wednesday, an FIR was registered against the SHO of Jahangirpuri police station and his three junior staff for allegedly embezzling R1 crore that was seized from a scrap dealer during a raid on November 15. The four cops who have been transferred had allegedly siphoned the cash and did not inform their seniors about the raid. DCP Milind Mahadeo Dumbere confirmed the FIR had been registered. “We are investigating the case. We don’t know whether the amount was R 1 crore or less than it.”
Meanwhile, another FIR has been registered against three traffic police constables for attempting to rob a man of Rs 1.20 lakh after they found the money in his car’s dashboard. Subhash Pahuja, who lodged the complaint told the police that though he was held hostage in his car for two hours and accused of hiding the money, the three cops later returned the money. Pahuja who lodged a complaint later visited the Adarsh Nagar police station and filed a complaint against them.