Even as alleged corruption cases are on the rise, little is being done to strengthen the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), the department that investigates corruption cases.
There is a dearth of police inspectors (PI) in the ACB, with 77% of the PI posts lying vacant. Of the 35 sanctioned police inspector posts in Mumbai range, 27 are vacant. Also, 50% of the sanctioned number of posts for head constable and constables are not filled as on December 1, 2011, reveals the reply to an RTI application filed by activist Jeetendra Ghadge.
“Both PIs and head constables play a crucial role in the investigation of cases. PI conducts the inquiry and applies charges. As result of insufficient Pis, investigations remain pending or they are conducted in a haphazard manner as one person is burdened with the investigation of many cases,” said YC Pawar, former joint commissioner of Mumbai Police.
Pawar blamed the state government for lack of seriousness in recruiting the required police staff. “Either the state government is not bothered or doesn’t have sufficient funds for recruitment. At the same time, senior authorities are either not doing allocation of staff properly or failing to ensure that those who are transferred join on time,” Pawar said.
All efforts to contact ACB authorities remained futile. Calls and messages to additional commissioner of police Niket Kaushik and additional deputy commissioner of police Ajit Sawant were not responded to.