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Graft watchdog sets record in trapping officials

ranchi Updated: Dec 03, 2016 22:21 IST
Sanjay Sahay
Jharkhand news

The office of the state Anti-Corruption Bureau on Mayor’s Road in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Sanjay Kumar Singh of Jamshedpur wanted to have a godown in the Krishi Bazaar, but the clerk of the market complex demanded `1.5 lakh to clear his application. After negotiations, the amount of bribe was fixed at `1.2 lakh, of which `50,000 was to be paid as the first installment.

Singh was not willing to pay the bribe, so he lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). A trap was laid and the clerk, Braj Kishore Pathak, was arrested with the money on December 1. ACB sleuths recovered an additional `1 lakh from him.

Sonu Kumar of Giridih complained to the ACB that a sub-inspector of Tisri police station in Giridih district was demanding `10,000 as bribe for giving to him names of the accused in a case. The ACB nabbed the officer when he was accepting the bribe on December 1.

The ACB has set a record this year in nabbing corrupt government officials and employees despite working with 48% of its sanctioned staff strength. The bureau has succeeded in 72 trap cases and is confident of exceeding its target of 75 set for this year.

The ACB has arrested 92 government employees and disposed of 69 cases registered with it. In 2015, the bureau solved 44 cases and arrested 40 employees in 29 trap cases.

“We are all set to cross the target as we have about a month to trap more corrupt employees. We have established a record in trap cases in a year since formation of the state. Earlier, the highest number of trap cases was 64 in 2002,” said PRK Naidu, additional director general of police, ACB.

The Raghubar Das government renamed the state vigilance department to ACB in August 2015 and gave it powers to register and inquire into cases against government functionaries -- from the CM to class 4 employees. The chief minister has praised the bureau for its action against corrupt officials.

The bureau is working with 258 staff against a sanctioned strength of 492. There are 14 DSPs against the sanctioned 27, and 12 sub-inspectors against the sanctioned 25.

The demonetisation move hit trap cases in November as people were left with little cash to bribe employees.

“Confidence in the ACB is increasing as is shown by the number of trap cases. More and more people are coming forward to complain against government employees,” said Alok, ACB spokesman and SP.