Over one lakh people have approached Delhi Police’s anti-corruption helpline number 9910641064 since its inception in August last year.
According to police, 85,657 messages were sent on WhatsApp while 10,442 calls and 3,590 SMSes were also made. In all, eight policemen were dismissed on corruption charges and 69 have been placed under suspension in 46 cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung expressed his concern over the figures on corruption, but Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) Amulya Patnaik said most of the calls were not actionable due to lack of evidence after enquiry. He also highlighted that the helplines have become popular and are being used to report any misdemeanor by policemen.
"When there is a WhatsApp message or call in which there is any iota of evidence, we carefully analyse it and when anything actionable is found we register a case or take departmental action," Patnaik said.
Thirty-six of the cases were registered with the vigilance unit against 74 police personnel — two inspectors, six sub-inspectors, six assistant sub-inspectors, 22 head constables and 38 constables. The other 10 cases were registered in police stations against 10 personnel — five sub-inspectors, an assistant sub-inspector, two head constables and two constables.
It was emphasised that police want to send a clear signal that if anyone is found indulging in any form of corruption, he would not be spared.
"So far, we have registered 46 POCA cases. In one department, 46 POCA cases are a fairly large number. It only corroborates that we are very harsh when any complaint comes to us regarding corruption in police," Patnaik added.
Over the past one year, police have also received about 3,000 calls and messages pertaining to corruption in other departments, mainly the municipal corporations, Delhi Jal Board and the Transport Department. "We refer these complaints and complainants to the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government," Patnaik said.