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Nearly 200 MCD officials booked for graft since 2007

india Updated: Aug 08, 2010 11:02 IST

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Even as several MCD projects related to the Commonwealth Games face allegations of irregularities, the data available shows that 191 officials of the civic body have been booked in corruption cases since 2007.

The CBI and the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government have registered 92 cases of corruption involving 191 officials of the MCD since 2007 to July 29 this year, official sources said citing the data.

During this period, a total of 52 MCD officials were suspended due to allegations of involvement in corruption.

According to year-wise data, the number of corruption cases filed in 2007 was 32, involving 68 officials.

The figure came down to 30 in 2008 and 20 in 2009, while in 2010, till July 29, 10 cases have been filed. The number of officials booked was 60 in 2008, 43 last year and 20 this year so far, the sources said.

The number of suspended officials was 12 in 2007, which increased to 21 the next year, followed by 14 in 2009 and five till July-end this year.

According to an assessment report prepared by Central Vigilance Commission's Chief Technical Examination Wing, large-scale procedural violations, including corruption, have been noticed in 16 different Games-linked projects being carried out by various government departments in the city. Three of them are being implemented by MCD.

The opposition Congress in MCD has already demanded a CBI probe into allegations of irregularities in Games projects being carried out by the corporation.

The MCD maintains that it has taken a number of measures to curb corruption, including introduction of e-tendering, undertaking special audit for verifying financial issues, introduction of special task force to carry out inspections and using third-party checking to test materials.