Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria has got a list of corrupt officers working with the police commissionerate made and would soon be having a one-on-one meeting with them this week, to give them a stern warning. It took four months to get the list prepared. The police sources said that the list contains over a dozen officers.
Recently, police inspector Mahendra Narlekar and assistant inspector Subhash Samant of Khar police station were caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly trying to frame a businessman in a false case and extorting money from them. The officers had gone into hiding and later surrendered before the police. Following this case, senior police inspector of Khar police station AK Sonawane was transferred to the Local Arms department of the city.
Senior inspector of Mulund police station, Phoolsingh Pawar was on Saturday transferred too, after his orderly was caught by the ACB accepting bribe. Like Sonawane, Pawar too was transferred to Local Arms department for lack of supervision and negligence.
"Considering the instances of corruption and misconduct within the police department, senior officers such as joint, additional and deputy commissioners were asked to prepare a list of officers from their department who are involved in corrupt practices. The list was prepared over a period of four months. The officer are named in the said list on the basis of monitoring done by senior officers and complaints received," Maria said to dna.
According to the police sources, the officers are from the rank of sub-inspectors to senior police inspectors and are believed to be from various departments such as local police station, crime branch and traffic department. "While some officers are involved in corrupt practices, some are involved in womanising and drinking at work place," said a police source.
"I will be having a meeting with these officers this week and would give them a stern warning that they are being watched and that they need to improve their conduct, else stern action would be taken on them. Nobody will be allowed to malign the image of the department at any cost," Maria said.