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Only 17 bribe takers convicted in Uttarakhand since 2000

The Uttarakhand vigilance department has “trapped” a large number of corrupt state government employees who demand bribes from people and 17 accused have been convicted until now, officials said.

dehradun Updated: Feb 10, 2018 21:37 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times
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Since 2000, 182 trap cases were received by the Uttarakhand vigilance department, out of which 128 are being tried in courts and in 17 , the accused have been convicted until now, said a top police official. (HT File Photo)

The Uttarakhand vigilance department has “trapped” a large number of corrupt state government employees who demand bribes from people and 17 accused have been convicted until now, officials said.

Since 2000, 182 trap cases were received by the state vigilance department, out of which 128 cases are being tried in courts and in 17 cases, the accused have been convicted until now, said a top police official.

The vigilance wing of the state police usually set up “traps” to catch corrupt government employees in the process of taking a bribe.

Once a complainant lodges a complaint with the vigilance department about a government employee demanding a bribe, a special team is set up and the complainant is provided with chemically “marked” bank-notes which are handed over to the bribe seeker, vigilance wing officials said.

The team then moves in and arrests the corrupt employee while he is taking bribe, some of them said.

The chemical on the bank-notes sticks on the fingers of the bribe taker, which is then dipped in a solution that changes colour and the process is documented by the team as evidence, they said.

A special toll-free helpline and WhatsApp numbers have been launched by the department for people to lodge complaints and the numbers are monitored constantly, said additional superintendent of police (vigilance) Pramod Kumar.

People can lodge complaints on the toll-free number--1800 180 6666—or on the WhatsApp number-- 9456592300, he said

The main thrust of the department is to ensure that evidence is gathered and to help the complainant that in turn will help in getting a conviction from the courts, Kumar said.

Recording of the statements on the helpline and the WhatsApp, will be presented as evidence in the courts, he said.

Convictions lead to termination of service of the employee against whom the “trap” has been carried out. The convictions will serve as a deterrent for employees.

Corrupt public servants are still fearless as evident from the number of trap cases coming up every now and then, said advocate Chandra Shekhar Kargeti.

“There may be other cases where bribery is taking place through other covert means and there is a need to carry out investigations on that front.

“I would say that corruption is deep-rooted and we need to be more strict and stringent in the approach so that the menace is weeded out totally”, he said.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 21:37 IST