170 graft cases pending in Vigilance Organization

Former Commissioner Secretary, Special Secretary, Divisional Commissioner, DC Among Those Being Probed


Srinagar, Apr 30: At least 10 serving bureaucrats are among scores of Government officers being investigated by the Vigilance Organization (VO) for their involvement in corruption cases ranging from misappropriation of position to acceptance of bribe.
Official records revealed that around 170 cases of graft and possession of disproportionate assets are being looked into by the VO.
Of these cases, more than 90 were registered in Kashmir division and over 70 in Jammu division, records revealed. A Senior VO official said the cases were at different stages of prosecution including preliminary investigation, production of evidence, hearing of final argument and awaiting sanction for prosecution.
The AIG (Headquarters) Javaid Koul said investigation is a continuous process. “Every year dozens of new cases are investigated by the organization,” he said.
Apart from high profile bureaucrats against whom cases range from misappropriation of public exchequer, misuse of position and disproportionate assets, the accused also include middle-rung officers from different departments caught red-handed demanding and accepting bribe.
On April 9, the State Government appointed Director Vigilance to give teeth to the VO which is now working under the guidance of recently established State Vigilance Commission. Official records revealed that from 2005 to 2009, 328 corruption cases including 75 non-trap and 39 trap cases from Jammu and another 86 and 128 non-trap and trap cases were registered in Kashmir. However during the period the conviction rate was zero percent in trap cases.
Sources said at least 210 cases were referred to Government for granting sanction for prosecution since 2009 till January 1, 2013.
“The Government accorded sanction in most of the cases,” sources said. “However, the officers including IAS/KAS/IFS have either got stay orders from the court or the sanction for prosecution is awaited from the Government of India.”
The accused bureaucrats include a former Secretary to Government ARI and Trainings Department, former Special Secretary Higher Education, former Divisional Commissioner Kashmir (now retired) and two former and one incumbent Deputy Commissioners.
Only one bureaucrat, Adil Rashid Naqash, who was investigated by the VO for his role in misappropriation of public exchequer, was dismissed in July 2012.
Naqash, the then Additional Deputy Commissioner/Collector Land Acquisition, Pulwama, was dismissed from service on charges of embezzlement of around Rs 22 crores.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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