Delhi Police plans special vigilance squads during CWG

New Delhi: To thwart possible corruption by
its personnel during the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Delhi
Police is planning to have special vigilance teams which will
keep a hawkish eye on its men during the sporting event.

Official sources said Delhi Police Commissioner Y S
Dadwal has issued directions in this regard to senior officers
heading the three policing ranges -- New Delhi, Northern and
Southern -- covering the national capital and other officials

They said senior police officers will keep a tab on their
subordinates to check abuse of official positions.

Sources said the Delhi Police chief fears corruption
related to grant of licences for commercial activities and
checking unauthorised construction among others.

The special teams, comprising an Assistant Commissioner
of Police or above rank officer, will visit different police
stations and areas under their jurisdiction randomly to check
its staff, sources said.

Delhi Police has a strength of about 77,000 personnel.
The national capital has 11 policing districts -- New Delhi,
Central, East, North East, North west, North, West, South,
South East, South West and Outer -- for the purpose of
maintaining law and order.

"There will be special drives to check corruption during
Commonwealth Games," Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance)
N Dilip Kumar told reporters.

The mega sporting extravaganza is scheduled between
October 3-14 here.

A recent RTI application has revealed that Delhi Police
is the most corrupt department as per the number of corruption
cases filed by Delhi`s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) in the
last three years.

Delhi Police has topped the list of government
departments against whom the ACB has filed corruption cases,
followed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

According to the ACB, 51 cases were registered against 80
employees in 2007, 45 each in 2008 and 2009 against 122 and 64
officers respectively.

Out of the 22 cases registered till May this year, 10
were against Delhi Police officers, three against MCD
employees and six against employees of other departments of
the Delhi Government, the ACB said in reply to the RTI

The force is already using sting operation -- a method
used by investigative journalists to expose irregularities --
to check corruption.

Delhi Police`s Vigilance Branch claims to have `snooped
around` and exposed four major corruption cases involving
several policemen by using various equipment to capture
evidence so far this year.