New anti-corruption helpline gets 23,000 calls in 36 hours

Some 23,000 people contacted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ambitious anti-corruption helpline in 36 hours.

Kejriwal on Friday said that the helpline is flooded with calls from across Delhi. One person has been arrested so far on Thursday from co-operative registrar office near Parliament Street police station; however, the main accused, an assistant registrar, slipped from the trap."

“An employee of an assistant registrar was arrested red-handed taking bribe on his behalf, but the assistant registrar slipped away. We have sufficient proof against him and wherever we catch him he will be arrested,” Kejriwal said.

Appreciating the publicity of the helpline and government’s anti-corruption movement, he said that the primary motive of the campaign is to create fear among the corrupt.

“Another sting was conducted by a person on Thursday and in the audio recording the government employee was clearly demanding bribe for a work. But when the anti-corruption department officials laid a trap, he refused to take money and said he will do it without any bribe. He was scared after reading the news published in newspapers and aired on TV.  This is what we want. We want the corrupt to be scared of the common man,” Kejriwal said in a press conference here.

He said 16 cases are ready with sting operations as proof, and officials are preparing to lay traps. 

“Out of total calls, 85 persons have agreed with the suggestions to conduct a sting of the corrupt official and our anti-corruption team members are helping them. We will see more cases after this weekend,” he said.

The CM also launched the new four-digit number for the helpline, which will work parallel to the other number. 

“The new number is 1031, which is easy to remember. The previous number will also work simultaneously,” he added.

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