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Delhi HC directs Police to audit cycle allowance aspect, dispose of PIL

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has decided to dispose of a Public Interest Litigation ( PIL ) seeking an inquiry into the cycle allowance paid to the officials of the Delhi Police and directed the Delhi Police to place the petition with its auditor, who shall examine the said aspect while auditing the accounts of the Delhi Police.

The bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Tushar Rao Gedela, in an order passed on July 9, stated that this court is of the view that it would not be proper to entertain a public interest litigation on the issue raised by the petitioner.

Consequently, this court disposes of the present writ petition with a direction to the Delhi police to place the petition filed in this court with its auditor, who shall examine the said aspect while auditing the accounts of the Delhi police, said the court.

Earlier, in the matter, the Delhi high court was informed that the constables and head constables of Delhi Police are getting 180 Rs per month as cycle allowance for maintaining and using cycles for transportation, but they are spending much more on conveyance and transportation as they ride motorcycles, scooters, etc. to reach their office.

The Predecessor Bench earlier also asked Delhi Police to modify its circular and noted that the amount sanctioned is much less. The Court was hearing a plea seeking direction to conduct an inquiry in reference to the cycle (maintenance) allowance being drawn by more than 53,000 Delhi police officials.

The plea alleged that police officials and personnel are availing of cycle (maintenance) allowance fraudulently under the guise of using cycles, but they are not using cycles. The petitioner, Sanser Pal Singh, a practicing advocate, stated that such allowances are paid to government officials from the public money collected by the government from the hard earned money of taxpayers.

Despite filing complaints, no action taken against Delhi police officials who are drawing cycle (maintenance) allowance allegedly fraudulently.