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During his stint as the chief of the Anti-Corruption Branch, he carried out over 50 sting operations in 2009 to expose corruption in government bodies. The man, who once asked complainants to record their conversations with corrupt officials and bring it as evidence, will now head the first ever anti-corruption helpline launched by the AAP government.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that retired IPS officer N Dilip Kumar will head the anti-corruption helpline.
Speaking to Newsline, Kumar said he was delighted to be a part of this historical movement, wherein a Chief Minister — also a politician — is so determined to weed out corruption from the system.
“It is for the first time in the country’s history that a government is working so hard to combat corruption. It is very unlikely for politicians to do so much to stop corrupt practices, as they are the ones benefiting the most from it. I salute their keenness and seriousness with which they are addressing the issue. I, however, am yet to receive an official confirmation about heading the helpline,” he said.
A 1987 batch IPS officer, Kumar worked for two years at the Anti-Corruption Branch as its chief. During his sting more than 75 officials were arrested on various charges of corruption. Apart from Delhi, in his three years of service, he served in several states including Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Delhi. He also worked at the post of Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) and retired as the Special Commissioner of Police.
Kumar said he and Kejriwal were on the same wavelength.
“What Kejriwal is doing now, I have been trying to do for a long time, but within my limitations, as I was part of the system. Now that I am retired and have been given this opportunity, I will make sure that I do justice to it,” he said.
“A sting operation is the best way one can expose corruption and, at the same time, provide strong evidence to prove the same,” the retired IPS officer said.
“It is also the best way to verify the complaint. But what needs to be kept in mind is the legal sanctity. An operation also needs to be guided, and done in such a way that it stands the test of law.”
Kumar is of the belief that when these stings become popular it will act as a deterrent. “Hit one bird