Corruption by Police in Passport verification
My name is ASHISH KUMAR YADAV. My passport file no is LK4060194361816. I submiited form at passport seva kendra on 10/08/2016 at 04:49 pm. Around at 10:15 am on 23/8/2016 a police Sepoy came from THANA kothwali(sadar , azamgarh) to my home for verification of passport. before asking anything he straight away ask me pay 1500 rupees. i straight away refused it, so he angrily stand up and said me that if you will not pay then you will be in trouble and he will cancel the verification. when i asked his name he refused for that. then i called passport seva helpline no 18002581800. he suggested me that it is better if you will pay otherwise you have suffer a lot by hanging around to police station and passport office.
Answer framed by Sammanika Rawat, Lawfarm Researcher:
We are extremely sorry to hear this sad corruptive practice you had to face which brought you to our portal. Sadly it is no more uncommon for these policemen to ask for bribe as they forget that being government servants it is their duty to verify the details of the person. They consider it as a favour they are doing to the applicants and hence claim the money as their right.
The Passport Seva website of Ministry of External Affairs (http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/vigilance) clearly says, "Don't pay bribes. In case of demand of bribe by any Passport official in respect of any Passport-related service, you may immediately contact the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Ministry at the address mentioned...".
Well, you can file a complaint at the Lokayukt. Though you can as well approach a senior Police officer of the rank of ACP or DCP of the same Police Station; we shall highly recommend you to lodge an online complaint at http://www.mea.gov.in/lodge-complaint.htm addressing the Chief Vigilance Officer. Sadly the vigilance complaints cannot be filed anonymously so you shall have to share your contact details along with your complaint.
In addition, to encourage your bravery we would recommend you to read this short story https://www.quora.com/How-does-one-teach-a-lesson-to-the-police-official-who-demands-bribe-for-passport-verification
Have a great day :)
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