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Corruption free Delhi: Anti-graft helpline makes its first arrest, 3 in custody

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Aam Aadmi Party’s efforts towards making Delhi a corruption free city have started showing results.  Three persons were taken to the custody for allegedly taking bribe by the Anti Crime Branch (ACB) yesterday. It is the first arrest related to any complaint made by newly re-launched anti-graft helpline in Delhi.

According to ACB, a complaint was lodged by a caller on anti-graft (1031) helpline claiming that bribe was being taken at the entry gate of Azadpur Mandi for allowing trucks to enter inside with valid entry pass.

“The caller was asked to do a sting and after that a team of 15-18 officers carried out a raid around 1:30 a.m and found out that there were 20,000 trucks in the queue,” an official said.

ACB verified the details of the complaint and arrested three people including one government employee.

“A security-in-charge and two contractual workers were arrested who used to take huge amount of money depending on the urgency and cost of consignment in the truck,” an official said, and added, “These were the first three arrests made upon the complaint by anti-graft helpline.”

According to the government, within 100 hours of its launch, the helpline answered a total of 32,489 telephone calls out of which only 70 were found to be serious and they were forwarded to ACB for investigation.

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)