In order to speed up the investigation of corruption charges against ministers and bureaucrats, the home department is not only planning to ensure that permission is granted for the probe within three months, it is also setting deadlines for the police to take action.
The directive, which has been cleared by the chief minister and is now with the advocate general, requires that Anti-Corruption Bureau officials at both divisional and senior levels, including the superintendent of police, submit a written explanation if there is a delay. If the reasons provided are unsatisfactory, the officials will face action.
Right to Information (RTI) activists welcome the regulation and say the need is now to bring in transparency in such probes.
“As mandated by the RTI Act, this should include a step of proactive disclosure from the government. It should put the movement of the file online and even provide it manually to the public, so that there will be an automatic monitoring mechanism in place,” said RTI activist Anil Galgali, who has been fighting for faster clearance of ACB cases.
As of August 31, of the 87 cases sent by the ACB, 29 had been addressed and 58 are awaiting nod from 20 departments, of which the most cases – 18 – are with the revenue department.