The Delhi Government has asked all permit holders of Blueline buses to disclose whether any member of their family or a relative is employed in the police department.
The government said this on Tuesday in response to a query by the Delhi High Court. Following allegations that errant private buses were being let off lightly because they were owned by police personnel, the court had sought a list of such buses on July 10.
In a report submitted in the court, R. Chandramohan, Principal Secretary (Transport), said the Transport Department generally did not maintain records regarding the occupation of vehicle owners and their family.
In a series of stories, the Hindustan Times had highlighted that most Bluelines were owned by the relatives of senior police officials, politicians and senior Transport Department officials, and were rarely penalised.
Influential people do not own buses directly. The permits are usually in the name of the members of their family.
“At the time of grant of permits the applicants or the owners of buses are not required to disclose whether any of their family member or relative is employed in the police department,” the report stated. “It is submitted that as per conduct rules no police officer can engage himself in any such business.”
The department said it was complying with the court’s direction and had issued letters to permit owners in this regard.