News : Almost Half Delhi Helpline Calls Accuse Police of Graft-paper
New Delhi, Jan 16, 2014 -- Almost half the 50,000 calls from the public received by an anti-corruption helpline launched in the Indian capital a week ago have been complaints about the police, the Hindustan Times reported.
The helpline was created as a top priority by the new Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) city government to give members of the public advice on exposing officials who demand bribes, enlisting them as informal graft-busters.
Action has been taken against 10 government employees on the basis of calls to the helpline in the past week - eight of them police officials, the paper said.
They include a sub-inspector who demanded money for verifying a gun licence and two constables who wanted a bribe to let a trader keep his shop open.
One complainant recorded his phone conversation with corrupt police officials, as advised by the helpline, and then passed it to the Anti-Corruption Branch which conducted a raid, the paper said.
"Investigations by the Anti-Corruption Branch have revealed that the arrested constables were used by their seniors to take bribes. While two more constables were suspended the next day, we have also taken action against the Station House Officer and sub-inspector," a senior police officer was quoted as saying.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the helpline on Jan. 9, saying that callers would be given advice and support on how to conduct a "sting operation" against corrupt public servants by securing audio/visual evidence of the crime being committed.
Tackling corruption was the main policy of the AAP in the run-up to the Delhi Assembly elections last month, and a dedicated anti-graft helpline was one of the party’s main manifesto priorities.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, January 20, 2014