B'luru: Here are the top 5 corrupt police stations for passport verification
According to Jana Mahiti report released on April 25 by Janaagraha Center, Koramangala police station of capital city tops the list for number of bribe taking police personal during personal verification of passports. This report has accumulated this interesting data from ipaidabribe (IPAD) platform.
The report also revels the names of top 5 police stations of city. Koramangala, HSR Layout, HAL, Kadugodi and Mahadevapura police stations seen in top 5 stations that have police personal accepting bribe. Passport seeking applicant, according to IPAD pays Rs 553 on an average.
This report exposing the corrupt state of affairs of these police stations was released by former Lokayukta of Karnataka N Santosh Hegde. "People should learn to be content with what they are legitimately earning. There has to be a change in the legal system. A corrupt person should be convicted within six months of the crime committed, and that is when things will change." Hegde said while releasing the report.
According to reports, Rs 3817821 paid by the residents in 1,149 cases as bribe to speed up passport verification process. The data have been collected since 2011.
Since its launch three years ago, on August 15, 2010, IPAB has recorded over 75,000 bribe reports amounting to over Rs 290 crore from more than 600 cities and towns in India.
ST Ramesh, former DGP of Karnataka, said: "About 14% of all complaints against police pertain to passport verification. There's no national database available. At present, a person who has committed a crime in Bihar can apply for a passport in Bengaluru. The consequences of not paying a bribe could be delay in issuance of passports. Or an adverse report stating some fictitious reasons such as applicants were not available at the given address."