Jalandhar: In a surprising move, Jalandhar Police Commissioner Arpit Shukla conducted a sting operation and caught a traffic constable red-handed while he was accepting bribes. According to information available, some persons complained to the Commissioner that a traffic cop was harassing owners of vehicles bearing registration numbers of other states and collecting bribes. Shukla called up ADCP R S Sandhu and his driver and a civilian was sent in a Maruti Swift car after affixing a UP number-plate on it.
The vehicle reached Rama Mandi Chowk where constable Manmohan Singh was on duty, and, as expected, they were stopped by him. Manmohan Singh asked them for Rs 500 to let them go. The driver gave him a Rs 500 note, signed in the corner by the ADCP himself and Manmohan Singh let them go. Later, Shukla and ADCP Sandhu reached there and searched constable Manmohan Singh and found the signed currency note from his pocket. The constable was arrested immediately and booked under sections pertaining to corruption.
Jalandhar: Jalandhar Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police R S Sandhu’s act of signing a currency note to nab a constable taking bribes, though laudable, was somewhat misguided as it is direct contravention to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines. RBI had on January 1, 2014, declared that ‘If anyone writes anything on the currency note, then the bank may deny to accept that note.’ Therefore, the ADCP’s act of signing the currency note has rendered the currency note invalid. While the act may not invite any criminal action, yet a public servant is required to uphold directions issued by Central as well as state agencies. DP
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