5 cops suspended for taking bribe

PTI, PANAJI | 21 January 2010 02:47 IST

Five policemen, who accepted a bribe from a Spanish tourist to help him evade fine for traffic law violation, have been suspended.

Superintendent of police (traffic) Arvind Gauns told PTI today that an assistant sub-inspector, a head constable, two constables and a driver were suspended yesterday after they were found guilty of graft.

Goa vigilance department had raided the traffic police team on Margao-Panaji highway in August last year, while they were accepting bribe from the tourist to let him off.

The foreigner had paid Rs1,600, as he was not wearing a helmet on the highway and was without a driving license. The suspended policemen were deployed on an interceptor vehicle fitted with camera, which is supposed to monitor the traffic rule violations on the highways.

Gauns said a vigilance department probe had found the policemen guilty.

The Spaniard, in a statement to the department, had said he was asked to pay Rs1,600 as fine without a 'challan' by the policemen. Subsequently, the amount was brought down to Rs1,000 which he paid, police sources said.

The policemen had thrown the money into the nearby bushes when they realised that the department had trapped them.

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Be it a small fish or big fish, corruption is corruption and everything starts from small and reaches the big. Even these small fish are paid a monthly salary, so there is no justification for collecting "additional salary". But they have to start trapping every Government servant and those not caught, an enquiry has to be conducted on the wealth amassed. If the accumulated wealth is in the name of a relative or some other person, then that person has to be investigated as to where from the wealth has come. Only then corruption will start fading - Menino (Valpoi)

- Menino G. P. T. Fernandes (Valpoi/UK), United Kingdom of Great Britain | 26 th February 2010 16:50


Good that the corrupt are being trapped and punished. But what about the big fish? It is time the big fish is trapped and punished who loot the public exchequer and amass huge wealth within a small span of time in power!

- Vishwas Prabhudesai, Loliem | 30 th January 2010 08:34