Cases registered against 98 policemen for graft

April 10th, 2008 - 9:29 pm ICT by admin  

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New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) A case of corruption has been slapped against 98 Delhi traffic policemen who were caught on camera taking bribes from Blueline bus drivers, an official said Thursday. The policemen may be arrested. “We registered a case against the policemen Wednesday night under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a vigilance probe prima facie found them guilty,” a senior police official said.

He said the policemen - the largest number caught in one single operation - could be arrested.

The 98 policemen - including 11 sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors each, 10 head constables and 66 constables - have been suspended.

Chetan Prakash, a property dealer, had carried out the dramatic sting operation last year. He secretly filmed the 98 men demanding and accepting bribes from drivers of Blueline buses at 23 traffic junctions across the capital.

The bribes were being taken to let the drivers of the privately run bus fleet violate traffic and safety rules. Blueline buses killed over 120 people in 2007 and have claimed about 20 lives this year.

He moved the Delhi High Court, which directed the home ministry and Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal to look into the matter.

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