The Delhi Police have lodged two FIRs in connection with the alleged existence of ghost employees in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi after making a door-to-door verification of all the employees.

Standing Counsel Nazmi Waziri appearing for the Delhi Police on Wednesday informed a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan that the police had registered two cases in the matter.

He said the cases were registered after the police found that of the total employees whose details were provided by the civic body for investigation, 212 were untraceable.

Mr. Waziri further said that the police were also investigating whether the muster roll of temporary sweepers of the civic body was also inflated as alleged by the petitioner in the matter.

Later, the Bench directed the police to file a status report on January 19 after conducting the inquiry.

The Court had in May directed the police to investigate the alleged existence of ghost employees in the civic body.

The Court had issued the direction on a petition by non-government organisation Jagrook Welfare Society alleging that there were more than 22,000 ghost employees in the civic body.

The petitioner submitted that it had been more than a year since the scam was brought to public notice by the media and later confirmed by the civic body in its in-house probe but no action was taken for prosecution of the culprits.

It further submitted that it seemed that vested interests involved in the scam were putting pressure on the government agencies concerned to hush up the matter.

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