More than two months ago, 10 officers of the Delhi Police were suspended after they were caught on camera facilitating touts at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
Investigations revealed that the tainted policemen made as much as Rs 1 lakh per day.
Taking into account that the scam was on since the past two years, the policemen made Rs 730 lakh during that period. Police said they have records of only two years, but the scam could have been running for the past several years.
Now with private operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the Delhi Police are all set to launch biometric identification cards for taxi drivers operating at the airport.
Police said the cards would help ensure the safety of passengers, too.
“The scam thrived mainly because the pre-paid taxi counter inside the domestic terminal did not provide any facility for Noida or Ghaziabad passengers. When the passengers came out of the terminal looking for taxis, the touts approached them and, without paying any tax and in connivance with the policemen, fleeced passengers at whatever rates they fancied,” said a senior police officer, who wished to remain anonymous. At least 1,200 authorised taxis operate at the domestic airport.
This scam was exposed in October last year, when an anonymous letter reached the police commissioner's office giving details of the involvement of policemen.
The operation was recorded on camera by the vigilance department, following which 10 policemen, including the Station House Officer (SHO) of Palam Airport police station, was suspended.
These touts often posed as relatives of passengers coming out of the airport. The vigilance team recorded the movement of more than 30 private taxi operators. All the tainted policemen have been placed under suspension and a departmental initiated against them. No corruption case has been registered yet.