Zero tolerance to corruption in police force: Chandigarh administrator Badnore
Raising day: Chandigarh administrator says personnel paid well, should conduct in manner that people respect thempunjab Updated: Nov 02, 2017 11:56 IST
Reiterating the UT administration’s resolve on zero tolerance on corruption, UT administrator VP Singh Badnore on Wednesday called for checking increasing cases of graft in Chandigarh Police.
Badnore was speaking during the 51st Raising Day ceremony of the UT police. Chandigarh Police was raised after the declaration of Chandigarh as a UT on November 1, 1966.
While lauding the department for being counted among the best known police forces when it comes to maintaining law and order, Badnore added a word of caution on the increasing corruption.
- October 24: CBI arrests a sub-inspector Mohan Singh posted at Sector 31 for seeking ₹9 lakh to favour the complainant’s employees in a case. ₹8 lakh were allegedly meant for the SHO
- May 23: CBI arrests a head constable of Sarangpur police station, accepting ₹10,000 from a woman
- January 2: CBI arrests head constable Raj Kumar for accepting ₹5,000 from a Ram Darbar resident for letting him off in an assault case
- July 7: Two constables of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and a resident of Jind booked for duping a Burail man of ₹5.3 lakh in name of job in the department
- June 8: Inspector Rakesh Kumar, in-charge of lock-up in police lines, booked after a Home Guards volunteer accused him of duping him of ₹1.7 lakh
- June 6: A Fatehgarh Sahib man accused a retired UT police inspector of taking ₹1 lakh to get him recruited as a constable
“Cops are being paid reasonable salaries, but still many are being caught on the charge of corruption,” he said. “We will not tolerate corruption in the department at any cost.”
Stressing on the need to increase “co-ordination with the public”, he said: “Your conduct should be such that people respect police.”
The latest among the spate of graft cases that have surfaced in the department this year (see box) is that of sub-inspector Mohan Singh of the Sector-31 police station, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on October 24. He allegedly sought Rs 9 lakh to favour the complainant’s employees in a case registered against them. The complainant had alleged that Rs 8 lakh were meant for the station house officer (SHO), Jaswinder Kaur.
UT director general of police (DGP) Tajender Singh Luthra has also marked an inquiry into the allegations of “cash for leave” in the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB). In an anonymous letter, an IRB constable had alleged that they are forced to pay anything between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000 to senior officials for marking their presence when they are on leave. The complaint has named a few personnel posted at the IRB, who allegedly collect money to be given to a senior officer. The letter also names the constables who paid the money and got full salary even when on leave.
Cops taken by surprise
The reference to rising corruption during the UT administrator’s 10-minute speech took police personnel across all ranks by surprise.
“We were not expecting that the corruption issue would be taken up on this platform,” said a senior officer, not willing to be named.
“It’s good the administrator took up the issue as it will send a message to all the black sheep in the department,” added another officer, on the condition of anonymity.
While warning the cops, Badnore also had a word of appreciation for the Nigehbaan project, under which closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed across the city, and implementation of the crime and criminal tracking network system in all police stations.
The department is celebrating Chandigarh Police Week-2017 till November 7. The annual event aims at building a stronger partnership between the police and the communities they serve.