The Maharashtra police department is checking its ranks for officers with a poor integrity record.
The director general of police’s (DGP) office has asked unit commandants — including Mumbai’s commissioner of police — to make a list of such police officers above the rank of police inspector.
A circular was issued by special inspector general of police (establishment) Ashutosh Dhumbre on June 22. HT has a copy of this.
All CPs and superintendents of police heading units and branches like the anticorruption bureau across the state have been asked to make this list, which will be sent by June 30 to of a committee of police officials that will appointed for every commissionerate/ district.
The committee will review the names on the list and then forward it to the DGP’s office by July 10.
Corruption complaints, shoddy investigation and work record, prolonged absence from duty and nexus with criminals are among the things that will put officers’ names on the list.
A departmental inquiry will probe serious allegations.
For less serious offences, the officer will be shunted to a nonexecutive posting, such as the local arms division. Increments too could be withheld.
While the cases of PIs and above will be handled by the DGP’s office, at the local level, unit commandants will ensure the constabulary and junior officials with poor records are not given important posting.
In April this year, Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria had ordered senior officers to make a list of city policemen with a history of alcohol ism and narcotics.
Wednesday’s move assumes significance in light of the arrest of Marine Drive constable Dharamaraj Kalokhe in the mephedrone drug case. The case got senior police officials to order a review of the constabulary to ensure they are not involved with rackets at the local level. Some of them were transferred.