new Delhi: A total of 22 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers have been charged under various sections for indulging in criminal activities during the last five years, informed the Home Ministry on Wednesday. Replying to a question by a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha on the number of IPS officers who have been booked under various sections during the last five years, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said that criminal cases against 22 IPS officers have been 30 since 2017 A case has been registered under various sections till March 2022.

When asked about the number of IPS officers declared as fugitives in Uttar Pradesh, he said that as per the information given by the state government, one IPS officer has been declared a fugitive. A question was also asked whether it is a fact that the cases of involvement in criminality among the police force in the country are increasing and whether any study has been done to find out the reasons for such increasing trend.

Rai pointed out that police is a state subject under List-II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. It is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and Union Territories to register cases of involvement in criminality in the police force. However, as per the data available with the National Crime Records Bureau (up to the year 2020), there has been a decline in the number of chargesheeted cases during the period 2018 to 2020.