Corruption and bribery have reached the deepest roots of our societies and refuse to go away. It’s like the pesticides that have attached to our genes like a free radical. Police officers today kill their conscience and forego of the oath they take for serving the country truthfully, for petty gains. By handing them out deterrent punishment and shaming them in society, we can set an example for other officers who might have a weak mind and are tempted in switching sides. Sadly, most of these officers continue to live normal lives, while the judiciary takes it own sweet time.
5. Ajay Kumar Jain
He was convicted and handed down a sentence of five years in prison for demanding a bribe of five lakh rupees from a junior officer in the police force itself. He brought disgrace to the institution of public servants. To cover up ones inefficiency with lack of discipline is a serious lapse for a public service officer, to top it, asking for bribe money only compounds the crime. Jain has achieved the distinction of being the first IPS officer to be sent to jail in a bribery case. Outside the court where was convicted for bribery charges, Sanjeev Kokil, the officer whom Jain was accused of asking a bribe from distributed sweets after conclusion of the trial. However it was ironic that the same Kokil was dismissed from his job, a few months later, on account of corruption charges against him.
4. Saji Mohan
While holding a sensitive and responsible post, Saji Mohan was held guilty of selling contraband drugs that the Narcotic Control Bureau had seized from drug peddlers. He was convicted along with Balwinder Kumar, a former SP. Mumbai drug traffic police acting on specific information they were getting regarding Saji Mohan about him and his partners was of lime being replaced for heroin in the drug seizes made during various raids. With the help of an informer, Mohan was found to be selling the potent drug back in the market. A decorated officer of the force, Mohan’s greed for a lavish life style brought about his downfall.
3. SPS Rathore
Ruchika Girhotra seemed to have come back from the dead to ask for justice for all the trouble meted out to her by this man. While holding the post of Director Vigilance and Security, he molested a class ten student and then attempted to get away with the crime. Cases involving high level officers threaten to derail the nation’s credibility and affect its path to economic boom. It was a gruesome case of misuse of power by which the highly place police officer even attempted to destroy the family’s identity and existence. Ironically, Rahtore today is a free man as Ruchika Girhotra’s father and brother withdrew all cases on June 2nd, 2012, only to give up the fight for justice. In the courts Rathore was only fined mere Rs 1000 when the case was decided.
2. Ravi Kant Sharma
This was a classic case of a perfect murder gone horribly wrong. Shivani Bhatnagar was murdered by accomplices of Ravi Kant Sharma, on 23rd January, 1999. She was a journalist with Indian Express and had fallen for the promises of a great future, with a married man. His reactions to their new born baby irked her and she was left with the last option of blackmailing him to agree. Sharma was accused for murdering here, a crime for he was convicted in March 2008. The convicted police officer has been released from jail and now has the audacity to ask for being re instated in the police force.
1. Gurdial Singh
Singh along with Rajya Sabha MP Masood hatched a conspiracy, to get undeserving candidates seats in MBBS. Gurdial who was holding the position of Resident Commissioner of Tripura at that time, misused his power and position, in collaboration with Masood, to get candidates from influential families and political backgrounds enrolled for a MBBS course. The two of them along with other accomplices were convicted and sent to jail term of 4 years. Besides Gurdial Singh, 11 candidates who were accomplices to the crime were also sent to jail for a year. This was a classic case of misuse of the system by highly placed public servants and how it was hurting the country’s growth.