The State Vigilance Investigation Bureau is facing a strange problem these days. Many a time the informers refuse to be part of the trap cases due to financial constraints. In case of 'big fish', the demand for bribe is usually too high - ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh or Rs 2 lakh. Once the trap cases succeed, the huge amount of informers gets locked till the disposal of cases.
With the number of such cases coming up quite frequently of late, the Bureau has now mooted a proposal to the government to create a separate corpus for trap cases so that the informers could be repaid an equivalent amount soon after the trap cases. The money would be restored in the corpus from the seized amount after the disposal of cases by court.
ADG (Vigilance) Neelmani said if the government gave its nod to the proposal, the drive against corrupt, especially the 'big fish', would pick up momentum. "So far, we have carried out 102 trap cases in the last 15 months, involving seizure of Rs 8.5 lakh in cash," he added.
The ADG admitted that in some cases, the informers told him about the big demand of the corrupt.
"They even wanted to know if their money would be released soon after the trap. Some of them backed out just because they did not want their money to get stuck for a long period. A sum of Rs 50,000 or Rs 1 lakh becomes too much for them," he added.
Neelmani said that a similar system was there in Orissa. "The Bureau has so far caught 45 corrupt gazetted officers in just over a year. If the proposal gets the government nod, it will certainly help catch the big fish, as the informers will get an equivalent amount back soon after the seizure and exhibition in court," he added.
The Bureau is also likely to have a separate court in Patna exclusively for trap cases. It presently has three courts – two in Patna and one in Muzaffarpur. The proposal had been mooted a few months ago, and the matter is in an advanced stage.