Lucknow: “We can get Rs 10-15,000 if we catch those involved in illegal mining....but if you apprehend a woman involved in selling illicit liquor we will get only Rs one or two thousand so why take so much trouble,” a police officer in Uttar Pradesh told this to his subordinates, virtually asking them to involve themselves in corrupt practices by going after “affluent criminals”.

These were the words from a leaked audio of “brave and Intelligent” Uttar Pradesh (UP) police officer Mani Shankar Tewari.

In the same audio, which is 3:59 minutes, he tells his juniors, “In charge ka kaam hai management karna, aur aapka apradh karna (The work of in charge is to manage things, while your work is to commit crime).”

This audio of ‘lessons’ in corruption by Station House Officer of Kheron Police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district is now going viral on social media. It has tainted khakhi and also Uttar Pradesh state administration.

The alleged conversation also has put the senior officers like Circle Officer, SP of the jurisdiction under scanner as he allegedly claimed to have “links” with higher authorities.

The cop also in the purported audio clip, claimed to be in touch with influential politicians from the previous regime and no one dares to touch him.

Embarrassed by this news, it is said, Rae Bareli SP Swapnil Mamgai suspended the SHO after a preliminary investigation found the tape to be authentic.