Police to finish all pending departmental enquiries by Feb end

Taking an adverse view of delay in conclusion of Departmental Enquiries (DEs) against police personnel, Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal has asked officials concerned to deal with pending complaints by Feb next year.

New Delhi: Taking an adverse view of delay in conclusion of Departmental Enquiries (DEs) against police
personnel, Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal has asked
senior officials concerned to deal with pending complaints
related to corruption and criminal acts by February next year.

The police chief has issued an order directing all the
officers to conclude DEs before February 28, 2011.

According to an official data pertaining to police
personnel involved in criminal and corruption cases pending
trial, enquiries remained latent in 67 corruption cases.

In 198 such cases, DEs have not been initiated at all.

Further, enquiries had not been completed in 86 criminal
cases while there were no DEs in 841 such cases, the order

"Such a course of action clearly indicates apathy or
inaction on the part of disciplinary authorities towards
corruption and criminal activities of the subordinates and as
such may lead to a state of fearlessness on the part of such
officials," it stated.

According to a senior official, Dadwal fumed over the
way DEs were being handled by some of its senior officials.

"There were efforts to expose people involved in
corruption and criminal acts. But those efforts were not
bringing in desired results due to inaction of some
officials," Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) Dr N
Dilip Kumar said.

"Now since the guidelines have been issued, all officers
have to abide by them and take action accordingly," he said.

The effort is to portray an honest and transparent image
which is possible only by the cooperation of all, Kumar said.

"We are taking all measures and stiff action to check
corruption among our personnel," the JCP said.

According to the data received under the Right to
Information Act, 2,297 instances came to notice between 2007
and May 2010 in which at least 2,350 policemen, including
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) level officers, were
issued show-cause notices, faced DEs or criminal cases.

A total of 199 criminal cases were also registered
against policemen for offences like extortion, involvement in
dowry harassment cases, beating up of youths, molesting girls
and taking bribes during the period.

The order clarified "that even if criminal case does
not proceed or its disposal is being unduly delayed, the
departmental proceedings, even if there were stayed on account
of the pendency of criminal case, can be resumed and proceeded
with so as to conclude them at an early date."

All JCPs, Additional Commissioners of Police and Deputy
Commissioners of Police shall "personally monitor the
progress," the order added.