The vigour with which the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has cracked down on corruption this year across Maharashtra has seen the number of traps it has laid go up by 123%, so far, in comparison to last year.
The ACB has also registered and investigated 190% more cases of disproportionate assets (DA) and other corruption cases. The maximum number of public servants, who have been trapped, are from the revenue department followed by the police department, ACB’s statistics have revealed.
According to the figures, till October 20, 2014, a total of 1,001 traps were laid on the public servants, which is 553 (123%) more than last year’s. During these 1,001 traps, the agency has seized Rs. 2.19 crore.
The ACB has laid 362 traps in the revenue department, the maximum so far this year. State police department follows the revenue department with 340 traps. Rural development department, urban development department and education departments have seen 153, 95 and 67 traps, respectively.
An ACB official said that this year they have tightened their noose on the class 1 officials. “A total of 126 class 1 officials have faced action across the state this year,” the officer said.
The ACB has also improved its conviction rate significantly. As per the information released by the ACB, till October 20 this year, the conviction rate of the agency has been 31%. Last year, this rate was just 10%.
The agency has also put in extra efforts in the disproportionate assets cases and investigated cases, involving whopping Rs. 130.67 crore.