In an order that could put an end to the widely prevalent network between parking mafia and the police in the city, the Delhi high court on Wednesday directed the Delhi Police commissioner to inquire into one such nexus at Mangalam commercial complex in Rohini. “Such a nexus cannot be tolerated in a democratic polity.
The allegations raised are serious. Delhi government has a responsibility to curb the same ruthlessly. We add with a note of caution,” said a bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna, while issuing notice to the Delhi government, Delhi Police commissioner, joint CP (vigilance) and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
The court also sought a detailed report by May 4 from the police commissioner and the vigilance department.
RK Singh, lawyer for the petitioner Shamsher Kaushik, argued in court: “Parking areas in Delhi are a breeding ground for criminal activities. Free parking areas are converted into paid parking, thanks to such a nexus. Delhi Police annually earned around R1,000 crore in this manner.”
The vigilance department of Delhi Police had recommended to the commissioner about filing of an FIR against SHO Rohini, four other policemen and two men working for the parking contractor. A sting operation had revealed the policemen’s involvement in the running the unauthorised vehicle parking on a DDA plot.
However, as reported by Hindustan Times on March 24, commissioner BK Gupta directed only “departmental proceedings” against the accused, it was revealed in a reply to an RTI query by Kaushik.
“Information received through RTI confirmed it was an unauthorised parking area from where the mafia and police made money. Anyone who complained were threatened by police personnel,” Kaushik said.
A day after HT published the report, the commissioner directed to file an FIR against the said policemen and persons. The policemen were also transferred to police lines.