286 Delhi Police men booked in criminal and corruption cases
Close to 300 personnel of Delhi Police were booked in criminal and corruption cases in the past three years, 55% of them being constables.
According to official statistics, a total of 286 policemen were booked in criminal cases and corruption cases between 2008 and 2010.
Out of the 286, a majority of 207 policemen were booked under criminal cases while the rest 79 were booked on corruption charges.
"Constables have topped the list with a total of 156 being booked in last three years in criminal and corruption cases. Of these, 128 were booked in criminal cases," a senior police official said.
Forty-nine Head Constables were booked in criminal cases during the same period while 23 personnel of the same rank were charged in corruption cases.
The figures for Assistant Sub Inspectors are 8 (criminal cases) and 11 (corruption cases), Sub Inspectors 16 and 11, Inspectors 6 and 5. An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) was booked in a corruption case in 2009.
The largest number of bookings came in 2008 when 92 personnel were booked in criminal cases and 34 in corruption cases. "The numbers decreased in the next two years," the official said.
In 2009, a total of 83 personnel were booked while last year saw 77 personnel in the dock.
Delhi Police presently has a strength of 77,791 personnel, including 43,755 constables and 19,069 Head Constables. The number of ASIs are 6,471, SIs 4,971 and Inspectors 1,284.
Last year, a total of 1,303 policemen were awarded punishment for their alleged involvement in criminal cases and other complaints in 2010 with constables topping the list of ignominy with 474.
35 persons, including 23 constables and five Head Constables, were dismissed from service last year following their involvement in criminal or corruption cases. The dismissals came for the first time in past four years.
According to official statistics, only 74 personnel faced punishment in 2009 and 102 in 2008 and 197 the year before.
Last year, 997 police personnel were given minor punishment and 218 major punishments while 49 faced departmental enquiry. Four personnel were transfered to non-sensitive units.