File online complaints against police officials

Ajai Kumar Singh  

Staff Reporter

Those related to corrupt practices can be registered

BANGALORE: Close on the heels of the Lokayukta police arresting five police officers on charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income, Commissioner of Police Ajai Kumar Singh on Saturday appealed to the public to lodge online complaints against policemen indulging in corrupt practices.

Mr. Singh said members of the public can visit the Bangalore police website, >www.bcp.gov.in, and register complaints about corrupt practices of policemen in the city. The complainant should attach a document or photograph or video clipping in support of the complaint.

A senior police officer will be designated to monitor complaints and initiate departmental action against the accused policemen if the information provided is sufficient and credible, Mr. Singh said. Based on these complaints, it may not be possible to take action under the Prevention of Corruption Act, as detailed procedures have to be followed, he said.

Mr. Singh said that to check corruption among policemen and sensitise them on the issue of corruption, he held a meeting of inspectors, assistant commissioners of police and deputy commissioners of police on Saturday. He will meet sub-inspectors on Sunday.

To a question, Mr. Singh declined to comment on the statement of Lokayukta N. Venkatachala that most complaints received by the Lokayukta were on corrupt practices of police officials.

Mr. Singh said Friday's incident in Gandhinagar, in which Govindaraju, a police jeep driver, allegedly stole a purse containing Rs. 2,600 in cash, is a disturbing trend.

He said the police will inquire why Govindaraju, jeep driver of the City Market traffic police inspector, had come to Gandhinagar. Govindaraju, who was arrested by the Upparpet police, has been suspended from service, he added.