Cops ‘filmed’ taking bribe from Bluelines
HC Sends Tapes To Centre, Top Cop For Verification
New Delhi: In what might turn out to be a huge embarrassment for the Delhi Police, a petitioner approached Delhi High Court on Wednesday claiming he had secretly filmed 89 traffic cops demanding and receiving bribes from drivers of speeding Bluelines as part of a widespread racket.
Stunned by this allegation made through a PIL, a bench headed by Chief Justice M K Sharma forwarded the copy of the tapes to the Union home ministry, the Delhi Police Commissioner and the Central Vigilance Commision to verify the authenticity of these tapes and take proper action. The bench however, stopped short of issuing any notice and disposed of the petition by acceding to the request of Chetan Sharma, the petitioner, to deposit the original video cassettes with the HC registry for safekeeping.
Disposing of the petition seeking a judicial or CBI enquiry into the alleged extortion by traffic police, a division bench of Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Aruna Suresh said: ‘‘It is not possible for the high court to monitor the activities of the police officers… The matter is to be dealt with by the Commissioner of Police, his sub-ordinate officers and the Central Vigilance Commissioner…’’
In the PIL, Sharma, who has already shot three sting operations showing police accepting bribe from bootleggers which eventually led to an HC ordered CBI inquiry and suspension of 24 cops, holds the cops directly responsible for the Blueline road rage and deaths of more than 100 persons in the Capital.
‘‘This is the second sting operation against police personnel. With the help of Blueline bus-owners, I have recorded visuals at various places including Dwarka, Dhaula Kuan and AIIMS,’’ advocate Manish Sharma, counsel for Sharma informed the bench, saying his client was aided in his efforts by one Sanjay Kumar, owner of a Blueline and victim of police’s extortion.
‘‘Kumar approached me in August 2007. With two of his helpers we secretly shot 18 SIs and ASIs, six hawaldars and 65 constables. The extent of the areas involved clearly showed that it is a planned extortion racket in Delhi,’’ Sharnma alleged.
He alleged that he had shot policemen letting off traffic rule violators after taking bribe from them.
Urging HC to take cognizance and issue appropriate orders, Sharma said that the videotapes ought to be seen in the background of spiralling Blueline accidents as they run amok in the city despite heavy traffic police presence.
‘‘These acts of the cops on camera clearly violates the Prevention of Corruption Act, IPC and Motor Vehicles Act,’’ Khanna added.