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CVC displays list of 'corrupt' officials first time

delhi Updated: Sep 18, 2009 01:35 IST

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Officials from the Indian Police Service, nationalised banks, forest service and the railway ministry are among the 123 against whom the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has advised action and for the first time displayed such a list on its website.

The CVC, the country's corruption watchdog, has either advised penalty or prosecution for corruption against the officials.

"This is for the first time that we have displayed the list of officers against whom we have given the sanction for prosecution," Central Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha told IANS.

Releasing the list of officials, the CVC stated that it would do so on a regular basis. The list includes names of 101 officials against whom the commission has suggested imposition of "major penalty".

Of these, 17 are working in nationalised banks, 13 in Delhi Development Authority and 11 in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Of the 22 officers against whom prosecution proceedings have been advised, seven are from the home ministry -- four of them are IPS officers, seven from the Central Board of Direct Taxes and two from the Indian Forest Service.

The anti-corruption agency has also recommended heavy penalty against nine officials each from the ministry of railways and the New India Assurance Company Ltd, and 11 from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

"In furtherance of the transparency initiatives and the spirit of the RTI (Right To Information) Act, 2005, the Central Vigilance Commission has decided to regularly post information/details of cases pending for sanction for prosecution over four months with organisations/departments," reads a message on the CVC's website.

"Cases where (the) commission has advised issuance of sanction for prosecution during the month and cases where (the) commission had advised imposition of suitable major penalty during the month," it said.

The commission was quite active a few years ago when N. Vittal headed it.

The CVC was set up by the government in 1964 on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption to advise and guide central government agencies in the field of vigilance.

As the apex vigilance institution, the CVC is free of control from any executive authority, it monitors all vigilance activity under the central government and advises authorities in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.