//Of greedy policemen and their passion for bungalows

Of greedy policemen and their passion for bungalows

CROWS are black everywhere. If the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Mumbai has raised the curtain on the undeclared assets worth millions of rupees belonging to encounter specialist Daya Nayak, there is no dearth of low-paid, corrupt police officers who have feathered their nest in Gujarat.

Unfortunately, ACB investigations against these well-connected men-in-brown progress at a snail’s pace with the result that the court has not punished even a single greedy cop so far.

Kabhai Chauhan, an ordinary police inspector, has earned the nickname of ‘India’s richest policeman’ who, in only a few years’ time, has amassed wealth worth Rs3 billion from 25 bungalows and dozens of petrol pumps. Another police inspector, Ahmedabad-based N.K. Rathod, stunned many when he bought a posh bungalow of Gandhinagar DSP R.S. Yadav.

The latter himself vanished from Gujarat after ACB swung into action but the probe hit the roadblock when the investigators were mysteriously transferred. Rathod is believed to have paid Yadav Rs4 million in cold cash in advance for the Rs30-million palatial home.

The ACB also trapped Vadodara inspector Ghanshyam Jhala who had been accepting bribes — amounting to at least Rs1 million in each case — through two constables.

Dilip Rathod, an ordinary Panchmahals district sub-inspector, was caught red-handed while taking just Rs800 under the table but when ACB sleuths searched his bungalow, they discovered cash totalling Rs3 million, fixed deposit receipts worth Rs1 million and gold valued at Rs1.5 million.

Besides 24 on-the-take police inspectors against whom inquiry is on, several IPS officers are also under the ACB scanner. They include top-drawer officer who had enough money to purchase the bungalow of a former chief minister and a deputy superintendent of police against whom a BJP legislator had lodged a complaint. Both, however, were let off after they managed to prove that they had earned the bucks with the sweat of their brow