Unauthorised structures: Delhi cops to face action for graft

Action will be taken against policemen found demanding bribe from people for allowing or stopping unauthorised constructions, Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Friday.

New Delhi: Action will be taken against policemen found demanding bribe from people for allowing or stopping unauthorised constructions, Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Friday.

While talking to the media persons at his office, Bassi said: "Strict action will be taken against the policeman found involved in case of bribery for or allowing or halting unauthorised constructions."

Bassi said people can make a video or an audio of such policeman who demand bribe and then approach the vigilance department by calling up 9910641064 or the anti-corruption helpline number 1064.

Delhi Police have also issued a circular to their officers on duties and procedures to follow if they get calls of any unauthorised construction.

"There is no inherent authority with police officials to stop any unauthorised construction without the prior permission of the civic agency," said Bassi.

The SHO shall only inform the municipal authority concerned about the unauthorised construction as per Section 475 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957.

Bassi said the police officer will only act on the receipt of orders from the municipal authority regarding stoppage of construction, removal of workmen and seizure of construction material, including tools and machinery.

Police have also appealed to people to approach and inform them if any policeman demands bribe for doing any work.