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Kolkotta police publish bribe rates in the Police Gazette

Posted by godisgreat | Posted in Government, Police | Posted on 26-09-2009

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Finally a price list. I wish all the other police departments in India would do that.

A rate card of sorts for services available illegally in police lock-ups has found its way into an official bulletin, leaving the West Bengal government red-faced.

Published on September 8, a write-up in the Kolkata Police Gazette claimed that an undertrial at the Sealdah court lock-up in Kolkata could have expensive liquor by paying Rs.200 or use a mobile phone by paying Rs.100 to police personnel.

If an undertrial wants to talk to an outsider, the rate is Rs.50, according to the published chart.

In a face-saving move, the state government on Monday censured city detective chief Gyanwant Singh for the “goof-up” in the Gazette and ordered an inquiry against those involved in the printing of the bulletin.

Earlier, the chief minister had sought explanation from Singh, who was also entrusted the task of carrying out the probe.

The inquiry would focus on the role of the head assistant to Singh, deputy commissioner (I) of the detective department, and the printer of the Gazette, Home Department sources said.

While the two are part of the staff of the Calcutta police directorate, they are not police personnel.

Meanwhile, acting police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarty noted in his report that Singh, the final authority in approving of write-ups for publication, was at fault.

Chakrabarty, however, added that the officer was hard-pressed for time because of the security arrangements that had to be made for the delimitation commission session held on September 8.

Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said Singh would be “censured in writing”. “But apart from the admonition, the government will not take any action against him because of his good record.”

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