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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Delhi Police Inspector, a senior official of a central agency and two middlemen for their involvement in running a well- entrenched transfer and posting racket of Station House Officers (SHO) in Delhi Police.
The accused persons have been identified as Kameshwar, an Assistant Director in MHA, and Inspector Banay Singh Meena, posted with the security wing. Kameshwar and Meena were arrested on Friday after the CBI nabbed two middlemen identified as Rajan Kumar and Arun Tiwari on Thursday.
The First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the CBI says that accused Rajan Kumar was staying in a Government accommodation allotted to Kameshwar in RK Puram. Meena had given Rs 10 lakh to Arun Tiwari for a favourable posting and the money was to be delivered to Rajan Kumar in ‘coordination’ with Kameshwar.
Sources said that the agency has expanded its ongoing probe and is investigating the role of certain officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the modus operandi of the middlemen in influential senior officials of Delhi Police in the transfer/posting of SHOs during last two years or so.
“It is just the tip of an iceberg and this racket runs deep. It has been revealed that some 160 off SHOs were transferred and posted in police stations during last 30 months. And there are some three dozen inspectors in Delhi Police who have managed to stay put in key police stations for the last10 years or even more,” the sources said.
“CBI search has led to the recovery of Rs 1.6 crore in cash from the possession of Rajan Kumar. Sleuths also recovered several rubber stamps and forged letterheads,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the bribe amount recovered from Rajan Kumar was part of cash recovered from his premises.
It has been revealed that Kameshwar has been successful in managing the transfer and posting of two to three SHOs. The agency is now probing the role some senior police officials of Delhi and the MHA for influencing transfer and postings of SHOs, sources said.
Sources further stated that Kameshwar could manage transfer and posting of one or two inspectors but not at large scale. There were more than a dozen Delhi Police Inspectors who had approached Rajan Kumar and Arun Tiwari for managing postings for them as SHOs.
CBI investigations have revealed that Inspector Meena approached Arun Tiwari to wangle a desired posting for him and paid Rs 10 lakh to him. Rajan Kumar was to pocket Rs 7 lakh while Arun Tiwari’s share was of Rs 3 lakh.
Once the deal was finalised, Kameshwar, the MHA official, was going to get Meena interviewed for the desired posting. Around 30 inspectors were to be interviewed by the Delhi Police Establishment Board. The interview was to be held on August 4 but was later rescheduled for August 8, sources added.
When asked for his comment on the transfers and postings in Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police and Chief Spokesperson of Delhi Police, said, “Transfers and postings are done by the Police Establishment Board in a standardised and institutionalised manner. There are several checks and balances in Delhi Police and anybody trying to circumvent the process will be punished. Delhi Police are committed to take stern action against such police personnel.”
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