98 Delhi Traffic policemen suspended
In a major crackdown, as many as 98 Delhi Traffic Police personnel, who were allegedly caught on camera taking bribe from private Blueline bus drivers during a sting operation, were on Saturday suspended.
Nine other traffic policemen also face departmental enquiry in connection with the sting operation carried out to expose the alleged nexus between police and the operators of the private buses that have gained notoriety for their high accident rate.
Those suspended include 11 Sub Inspectors, an equal number of Assistant Sub Inspectors, 10 head constables and 66 constables, said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
He said the policemen were suspended after verification of the authenticity of the tapes and after they were identified.
The sting operation was conducted by one Chetan Sharma, who submitted the tapes to Delhi High Court on January nine this year, seeking strict action against the erring personnel.
Sharma has moved the High Court seeking a CBI or judicial probe into the corruption in traffic police, but it had asked him to approach the Police Commissioner and Central Vigilance Commission in the matter.
Sharma said he had done two sting operations against the police personnel with the help of some Blueline bus owners, who allegedly overlooked traffic violations by accepting bribe.
Policemen used to take Rs 400-500 from the drivers to overlook traffic violations, Sharma claimed.
Previously, he had conducted a sting operation to expose how Delhi Police officials allowed illegal sale of liquor in lieu of money. Around 25 policemen were suspended after this expose.