Passport Corruption in Police:SVC puts SP Hazratbal, CID Kashmir on Notice

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Srinagar: The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) Monday directed SP CID SB Kashmir and SP Hazratbal Srinagar for furnishing of records in alleged corruption by some police officials in a passport verification case.

A statement issued by SVC said this evening that a complaint was lodged before the Commission by one Adil Hassan regarding alleged demand of bribe by some police officials posted at the offices of CID SB Kashmir and SP Hazratbal, Srinagar for mere forwarding of his passport verification to the passport office Srinagar. “Being disappointed and aggrieved by the alleged corrupt practice of the concerned police officials who otherwise are supposed to keep vigil and prevent corruption, the complainant prayed for strict action against the officials involved,” the statement said.

The State Vigilance Commission while considering the complaint observed that the allegations levelled prima-facie reveal serious misconduct and abuse of powers on the part of these officials, besides, resulting in delay in issuance of passports  and has directed SP CID SB Kashmir and SP Hazratbal to furnish all connected records including the date of receipt of verification from passport office by their respective offices and steps taken for conducting verification after its receipt by a gazetted officer on18-04-2016 at Srinagar for inspection and further orders by the Commission.

State Vigilance Commission has already recommended to the Government to devise a mechanism for conducting verifications so as to dispense with the practice of policemen visiting individuals for various verification matters to curb the menace of corruption, the statement added.

 

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