Uprooting corruption big challenge for new UT inspector general of police

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 10:49 IST
New UT police chief Tajender Singh Luthra (Karun Sharma/HT File Photo)

The newly appointed UT inspector general of police (IGP) Tajender Singh Luthra has his work cut out for him: curbing deep-rooted corruption in the department.

Although the 1990- batch Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre officer has decided to make senior police officers accountable if someone under their charge is found to be accepting bribe, the task at hand is filled with difficulties, if the recent cases of corruption are any indication.

More than 13 cops including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) have been nabbed for graft by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the past three years. The case involving DSP RC Meena of the economic offences wing is a big blot on the department. It was among a string of cases that dented the department’s image, but the authorities have failed to curb the menace.

It was on August 13, 2015, that the CBI arrested Meena and a sub-inspector besides two businessmen for allegedly seeking a bribe of Rs 40 lakh from the daughter of the owner of SAS Nagar-based Chawla filling station. The transcript of conversation seeking bribe, attached with the challan submitted in the court, carried the word “IG”, raising many questions.

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