Mumbai continues to fare poorly in trap cases initiated by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) with a mere 50 cases initiated till October this year, of a total of 824 cases across the state.
The city, however, topped the list when it came to cases of disproportionate assets with 6 cases.
The numbers for Mumbai continue to remain lowest in the state (50 cases) when it comes to trap cases. The highest number of trap cases were recorded in Pune (156), Nashik (123), Nagpur (112), Aurangabad (107), Thane (96), Amravati (95), and Nanded (85). Last year, a mere 53 trap cases were registered in the city.
ACB officials said that many people in the city do not want any procedure that involves a trap being laid and instead prefer to pay up to get their jobs done quickly. Moreover, other ranges also cover a larger area. “When it comes to rural pockets, people with lower income levels desist from paying up, compared to those living in the city,” said an ACB officer.
Officials stated that many people also refrain from complaining because of the lengthy court procedures.
Disproportionate assets cases registered were highest for Mumbai (6), followed by Thane (2), while Pune, Nagpur and Nanded had one case each. The ACB registers such cases based on complaints or traps.
After trapping the accused, ACB officials start going through their financial and property details. If the amount exceeds the known sources of income, a case with regard to disproportionate assets is registered. Subsequently, if any family member of the accused is found to be a beneficiary, they too are booked in the case.
ACB said that they have a facility wherein the complainant can approach them on phone if there is an official demands a bribe. The bureau will initiate a trap after verifying the complaint.
Cases 2011 2012 2013 201420152016 (till October 27
Traps laid 479 489 583 12451234 824
Disproportionate assets15 22 16 4835 11
Criminal misconduct18 13 5 2310 12