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Failing duty on police corruption, UT vigilance sulks over 'trust crisis'

chandigarh Updated: Apr 03, 2015 13:18 IST
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
Hindustan Times
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The vigilance wing of the UT police is facing a credibility crisis of sorts as it failed to nab any corrupt policeman in the past five years, while in the same period the country's premier investigating agency - central bureau of investigation or CBI - arrested six.

Moreover, statistics suggest that the number of FIRs registered after acting on graft complaints by the vigilance wing has come down - meaning either complainants no more approach the wing or it is simply taking too much time to complete inquiries.

Officials of the UT vigilance wing, though, admit all.

They blame "tedious procedure" while acting on graft cases as officials have to seek permission from the UT adviser who is also the chief vigilance officer (CVO).

Moreover, the vigilance officials condescendingly agree that complainants generally prefer approaching the CBI as they repose more trust in it than in the UT vigilance wing.

"Many feel that the UT vigilance wing is a part of the local administration and would not take action against UT employees," one official told HT.

In this context, one reason for the UT vigilance wing not having nabbed even one policeman in Chandigarh could be that the complainant simply did not approach them with cases involving cops working in the department itself.

Moreover, official data reveals that the wing failed to trap anyone in corruption cases in 2014 and so far this year, although it managed to arrest five persons including a Haryana cop while taking a bribe of rs 10,000 in 2013.

This means trap cases - traps laid on basis of information about corrupt officials - were reported less to the department than the CBI.

"CBI is premier and a well-respected agency… and the vigilance wing and CBI have same jurisdiction, so complainants approach the CBI instead of the UT vigilance wing," said senior superintendent of Police (vigilance) Maneesh Chaudhary.

Officials of the vigilance wing have urged the need for more powers and doing away with bureaucratic barriers to be more efficient.

And, of course, they also said they do need the sophisticated equipment for solving cases "like the CBI has".