The lokayukta police, Indore zone, trapped 83 public officials in 2014 in various cases, said anti-graft officials.
This is a record number, considering 74 public officials were trapped by the agency in 2013, while the number stood at 52 in 2012. Those trapped in 2014 include 20 policemen.
Though the list includes a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) rank official but most of the policemen caught while accepting bribe are below the sub-inspector (SI) rank officials, data from the anti-graft watchdog stated.
As per the Lokayukta police, most of the accused are the three ‘Ps’ of the administration — the patwaris, police and panchayat secretaries and sarpanchs — officials who have maximum public dealing.
Although Lokayukta, Indore, is suffering from a staff crunch, the team’s achievement is commendable.
“We have seven inspectors, three DSPs and 12 head constables and constables who cover eight districts. It is really challenging,” said lokayukta superintendent of police (SP) Arun Mishra.
In 2014, 130 cases were registered with lokayukta, which include 83 trap cases, 10 cases of disproportionate assets and 37 cases of misuse of (official) position.
Mihsra further said that reason behind the rise in the cases is that more people are coming forward with information about the corruption.
“Earlier, people had to come here (Indore )to lodge a complaint from their district but now they can contact us through phone (0731-2533160) and we coordinate with them. Over the years, awareness about corruption has also increased. People trust Lokayukta police and believe that we shall take action if the complaint is genuine,” Mishra said.
The time taken to decide trap cases in court has also come down considerably, giving more encouragement to the complainants. In most of the cases, the investigation is completed within one month. The case is then sent for prosecution sanction.