The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has registered two cases of corruption against unnamed police officers on charges of taking bribes from contractors to allow soil extraction at Bawana and Narela in Outer Delhi.

It is learnt that the respective area Station House Officers and senior supervisory officers would now be asked to explain how the malpractice did not come to their notice.

Both the cases have been registered on the basis of a series of sting operations conducted by the vigilance wing officers earlier this year that purportedly exposed the deep nexus between contractors and certain unscrupulous policemen of the area.

Taking the matter seriously, Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal issued directions to the Crime Branch for registration of separate cases about a month ago.

While the case pertaining to soil extraction in Bawana was registered about a fortnight ago, the one related to Narela was registered on Sunday.

The sting operations have reportedly revealed that a contractor used to pay about Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000 per night to policemen at various level.

During the recorded conversations, it also came to light that similar activities were being carried out in Shahbad Dairy and Mehrauli. However, the police are yet to gather evidence to establish that. The recordings have reportedly shown illegal soil extraction activity in the areas using excavators.

“We have registered the cases and are in the process of identifying those shown in the recordings. We are presently going through the recordings,” said a Crime Branch officer, adding that investigations were being carried out in a manner that would ensure that the case stood in the court of law. After the cases have been registered, the role of the supervisory officers, particularly area SHOs, has come under the scanner.

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