Friday, November 13, 2015

ACB sets new record with nearly 1,400 arrests for graft, 100 for excess assets

Some Women In Key Posts In Revenue Dept
The anti-corrup ion bureau (ACB) led by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Vijaykumar Kamble set a new record when it booked 1,362 people under Prevention of Corruption Act and 113 people for possession of disproportiona e assets. An amount of Rs 2.2 crore was seized in these traps and the cost of disproportiona e assets was Rs 16.02 crore. A senior IPS official said hat the 1,362 persons were arrested in 1,050 cases while it was found that in 40 cases of disproportionate assets cases, 113 persons were involved.
The ACB has booked veteran Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal for his alleged involvement in the Maharashtra Sadan scam while former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and former water resources minister and state NCP president Sunil Tatkare are under investigation for rampant irregularities in allotment of contract for irrigation projects in the Konkan region. The IPS officer said that it was quite shocking that a large number of women officials too had been arrested for accepting bribes ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 20,000. “Of the 1,362 persons booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 100 are women. Some of the women hold key positions in the revenue department,“ he said.
Elaborating on the status of the 1,362 people, the IPS official said that 66 officials were of Class-1, 110 from Class-II, 889 from Class III, 51 of Class IV , 51 are other public servants and 185 are private individuals. In the disproportionate asset cases, 31 belong to Class-I, seven to Class-II, 14 to Class-III and one to Class-IV and 46 are private individuals.
The revenue department, with 338 cases, has achieved the dubious distinction of having the largest number of ca ses, followed by home (312), rural development (198), urban development (997), MSEB (61), public health (35) education (54), forest (33), cooperation (16) and water resources (11).
The IPS official said while 3,887 cases are pending before different courts across the state, in the current year, the ACB has succeeded in securing conviction in 103 cases compared to 60 convictions during the same period last year. “We are analyzing the lost cases and have taken corrective measures in terms of gathering adequate evidence and providing more information to our lawyers.Our effort will be to secure conviction in maximum number of cases,'' he said.
He said ACB's helpline helped in registering more cases.“We got 8,777 calls on our helpline, based on which we registered 75 trap cases,“ he said.

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