Taking serious note of corruption by public servants in the Capital, the Delhi High Court has upheld the ecision of the concerned departments against their erring employees.
The court was hearing two separate cases relating to a traffic policeman, who was caught accepting bribe from truck drivers to allow them violate the entry ban, and a railway staff at ticket booking counters overcharging passengers.
“Harassment at the hands of some of the Delhi traffic policemen is spoken of in evening parties and we often hear echoes of that in courts. Thus, we find the penalty adequate and reasonable,” said a bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandarajog.
On the issue of overcharging passengers at railway stations, the court said things at the railway counters are far from satisfactory. The vigilance department of the railways had booked the staff member at the Hazrat Nizamuddin station for overcharging passengers.
The remarks on policemen taking bribe came while the court dismissed an appeal filed by Arvind Kumar, a constable, who was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of R100 to allow a brick-laden truck to enter the city at 2:30pm. There is a ban on entry of trucks between 8am and 8pm.
On May 14, 2005, Kumar, who was posted at the Vivek Vihar Traffic Circle, was caught by the traffic police’s public relations and grievances cell (PRG team). Kumar was imposed a penalty of forfeiture of one year approved service permanently. His name was entered in a list of persons with doubtful integrity for a period of three years.
In the second case, Naresh Batra, a clerk at the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, was booked by the vigilance department of the railways for overcharging passengers in 2004.
He was caught red-handed by the vigilance sleuths using a decoy customer and removed later removed from service.
In both cases, the court said the punishment was proportionate to the offences committed by the public servants.