Monday, July 24, 2017

DNA Exclusive: 577 cops suspended, 71 sacked in Delhi in 11 years

DNA: New Delhi: Monday, July 24, 2017.
As many as 577 personnel from Delhi Police control rooms (PCRs) have been suspended and 71 others dismissed on various charges between 2006 and May this year, an RTI application filed by DNA has revealed. On an average, this comes to one cop suspended every week in the last 11 years. Also, 20 PCR personnel are facing a vigilance inquiry at present, the information provided by the Delhi Police says.
Former Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar admitted that the numbers were high and could be attributed to indiscipline, misbehaviour, extortion, and callousness in investigation or even criminal involvement. He, however, said that the action also showed that departments such as the PCR had zero tolerance towards any misconduct by their personnel.
"PCR is one important unit which is sensitive, and action against its officers in high numbers shall also be seen in a positive way," Kumar said.
As many as 51 personnel were suspended, 14 dismissed and inquiries initiated against 19 from the special branch, the Delhi Police's anti-terror squad, in the past ten years, the data shows.
The Delhi police's unit that handles the safety and security of India's President, his family members and other VVIPs, who visit Rashtrapati Bhavan, however, refused to disclose the number of personnel dismissed, suspended or facing inquiry due to safety reasons.
The RTI data also shows that 175 PCR personnel have opted for voluntary retirement in the past decade.
The information says that every six days, an inquiry was ordered against one police officer from the southeast district between 2008 and now. One officer was suspended every ten days.
In the southeast district, since its formation on October 1, 2008, 315 police personnel have been placed under suspension, 27 cops dismissed from service and 499 departmental inquiries initiated.
In the west district, 214 personnel were suspended, 29 dismissed and departmental inquiries ordered against 47 between 2007 and now.
577 PCR cops suspended, 71 dismissed in 11 years
20 PCR cops facing vigilance inquiry at present
51 special branch personnel suspended, 14 dismissed and inquiries initiated against 19 in the past 10 years
Reasons could range from misbehaviour, extortion, poor probe and criminal involvement