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?Govt delaying prosecution of IAS, IFS officers?

THE STATE Government?s delay in forwarding cases of prosecution against officers belonging to All-India services to the Centre has been specially pointed out by Lokayukta Justice Ripusudan Dayal in the annual report of Lokayukta for the year 2004-2005 that was tabled in the Assembly on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 19:41 IST

THE STATE Government’s delay in forwarding cases of prosecution against officers belonging to All-India services to the Centre has been specially pointed out by Lokayukta Justice Ripusudan Dayal in the annual report of Lokayukta for the year 2004-2005 that was tabled in the Assembly on Thursday.

In the foreword to the report, the Lokayukta says that despite special efforts most of the cases for prosecution of officers of All India services are pending at the government-level.

“If the State Government does not delay sending these cases to the Centre for sanctioning the prosecution of these officers and a regular monitoring is done, then effective action is possible in cases of senior officers”, says Justice Dayal.

After the charges of corruption are proved against public servants as per section 12(1) of the Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta Act 1981, the departmental inquiry is recommended to the competent officer and the ombudsman ought to be informed within three months about the action taken against the public servant but departments don’t give information about the action taken with the timeframe, the report mentions.

The Lokayukta says that there should not be any delay in serving charge sheet to public servant in cases recommended by the anti-corruption organisation.

Amongst the officers of All-India services whose cases for prosecution are pending include IFS officers H C Tiwari, V P Naunhare and IAS Vinod Semwal—the cases of the last two officers have been pending with the State Government while that of Tiwari is pending with the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment.

Especially in the case of Vinod Semwal, Justice Dayal says that there should not be any further delay in forwarding the matter for consideration of the Government of India. As per the report, 21 cases were registered against officials of the Revenue Department that led all the departments followed by Home that had a figure of nine cases and Public Health (7).

The important cases that were disposed in the year included complaints against former ministers Mahendra Baudh, Satyadev Katare and Snehlata Kumar, the then MD, Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam, as charges against them could not be proved.

In the period between Aril 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005, the break-up of complaints received against senior office-bearers include—Chief Minister/ministers (9), chairmen of government undertakings (8), IAS officers (45), IPS officers (12), IFS officers (12) and Heads of Department leaving IAS officers (13).

In this duration 333 criminal cases were disposed and charge sheets put up in 313 cases. In order to make the Special Police Establishment (SPE) of Lokayukta more responsible a period of six months has been fixed to complete investigation in complicated cases.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 19:41 IST