The Madhya Pradesh lokayukta was unaware of any action taken against government employees in 135 cases of corruption — some of them more than two years old — justice PP Naolekar has informed chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a letter accessed by HT on Thursday.
Chief secretary of MP Antony JC DeSa, however, said the government had acted on the complaints. “I was surprised to know that in more than 80% of cases, action has already been taken, but the unfortunate part is that the lokayukta has not been informed about them,” he told HT.
A detailed reply regarding the government’s action in the cases would be sent to the lokayukta early next week, DeSa said.
The lokayukta could not be reached for a comment on the chief secretary’s statement.
In the letter dated January 8, justice Naolekar wrote that there were 135 corruption cases where the ombudsman had filed charge-sheets, but was unaware of any instance of suspension from duty.
The letter said the “government’s will of taking on corrupt government officials takes a beating if immediate and effective action is not taken against them”.
Chief minister Chouhan has repeatedly stressed on the need for ‘zero tolerance’ against corrupt officials. He had launched an anti-corruption helpline number last year to curb the number of corruption cases in the state.