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Babu sparks graft scandal

india Updated: Sep 16, 2007 03:10 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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A top Andhra cadre bureaucrat, who retired as vigilance commissioner a week ago, has created a stir by alleging that the chief minister’s office and the home minister are harbouring corrupt bureaucrats.

Ramachandra Samal, in his report to the chief secretary, has indicted 18 all-India services officers including a high-profile former DGP “for corruption, criminal misconduct or very serious violation of conduct rules”.

During his tenure, he did not get a free hand to rein in corrupt babus. The CM had made the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) ineffective by directing it not to make inquiries about IAS officials, he said.

Refuting the charges, Home Minister K. Jana Reddy said his political record was clean and he had never faced a single corruption charge.