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CVC disposed of 416 cases in October 2009 MAJOR PENALTY PROCEEDINGS RECOMMENDED AGAINST 113 OFFICERS

MAJOR PENALTY PROCEEDINGS RECOMMENED AGAINST 113 OFFICERS

CVC disposed of 416 cases in October 2009
MAJOR PENALTY PROCEEDINGS RECOMMENDED AGAINST 113 OFFICERS

The Central Vigilance Commission disposed of 416 cases during October 2009 referred to it for advice. The Commission advised initiations of major penalty proceedings against 113 officers. Of these, 32 were from public sector banks, 27 from M/o Railways, 9 from MCD, 6 each from Central Coalfields Ltd. and Hindustan Copper Ltd., 5 from Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, 4 each from Central Board of Excise & Customs and Damodar Valley Corporation and 3 each from NHAI and Govt. of NCT of Delhi. The remaining 14 cases pertained to different departments of the Government of India and PSUs.
The Commission also advised imposition of major penalty against 60 officers including 15 from Public Sector Banks, 13 from DDA, 9 from Ministry of Railways, 4 each from Central Board of Excise and Customs and MCD, 3 from Central Coalfields Ltd., 2 each from Hindustan Insecticides Ltd., United India Assurance Co. Ltd. and Department of Telecommunications. Remaining 6 cases pertained to different departments of the Government of India and PSUs.
The Commission disposed 978 complaints during the month. Of these, 807 complaints were sent for necessary action/ATR whereas 171 complaints were sent for investigation and report.
On the Commission’s recommendations, the competent authorities issued sanctions for prosecution against 14 officers including 7 from Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, 2 each from Ministry of Defence and Home Affairs and one each from CBDT, CBEC and Corporation Bank.
Recoveries to the tune of Rs. 61.94 crore were affected after Commission conducted technical examination of some departments.

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CBI Mumbai organised a record 30 trap cases in 2009

CBI Mumbai organised a record 30 trap cases in 2009

The performance of the Mumbai Zone of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2009 has been exemplary as it managed to register a record number of 30 "trap" cases. It outdid all other zones and branches in the country as it brought to book a considerable number of top notch officials from various government departments. It overshot the overall annual target by over 25 percent in the year gone by registering 52 cases, disposing 67 from investigation and 38 from trial.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rishi Raj Singh, CBI Joint Director (west zone), enlisted the various prominent cases of corruption and disproportionate assets against various civil servants. The most important one was the arrest of Sarobjit Singh aka Sweety Baba, son of Buta Singh, Chairman of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on July 31, 2009. Sarobjit Singh was wanted for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 1 crore from a Nashik-based contractor to close a case against him in the Commission. "It was an important trap case where we also recovered three unlicensed arms. The charge sheet will be filed in the next 5 days" remarked Singh.
Other important trap cases were those that included top officers of various government departments accepting bribes and amassing wealth. The list includes the likes of Income Tax officials Additional Commissioner Kesh Kamat, Assistant Commissioner Rajkumar Bhatia Liladhar Humney, Asst. Wireless Advisor, Regional Licensing Office, and officers of departments like Food Corporation of India (FCI), Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel who were charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI trapped RPF personnel who were allegedly collecting money illegally in an organised manner by demanding Rs 100 per passenger, amounting to nearly 1.60 lakh Rupees per day, for seats in the general compartment of trains originating from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai.
A charge-sheet was filed against the then Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise P.K. Ajwani, who was found to have amassed wealth amounting to 10.76 crores which was over 2095 per cent dis-proportionate to his income. The CBI seized around Rs 6.15 Crores in cash from his official residence. Another Dis-proportionate asset case was registered against Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, Commissioner of Income tax, who has been charge-sheeted recently.
The amount involved here was Rs 4 crore. The CBI also uncovered a housing scam involving the quarters allotted to central government employees. It conducted widespread surprise inspections of 9000 Central Public Works Department Quarters in Mumbai that led to revelation of Nexus between the touts and officials of Estate Department. Over 300 quarters were found illegally occupied.
This unearthing of wrong doings by the agency has helped save a lot of tax payer’s money. The collection of The Employees Provident Fund showed a spurt of nearly Rs 1500 crores owing to the actions of CBI which registered cases of corruption Dis-proportionate assets and cheating against the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Mumbai, and an Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner.
Seeking active co-operation from the citizens Singh remarked, "Over 70 percent of the cases that we dealt with were based on information that we received from the general public. This year too we urge the public to bring to our notice any objectionable practices and assure them of effective action." The CBI intends to outdo its performance in the coming year and reach out to all 35 districts and union territories in the Maharashtra taking complaints in person.
Source:Central chronicle

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