Depts under scanner for ‘shielding’ corrupt officials
Feb 9: Government departments have come under the scanner of investigating
agencies for allegedly shielding tainted officials despite recommendations to
proceed against them as per the law.
some cases it has been observed after receiving recommendations from the
investigating agencies, the department instead of serving charge-sheet to the
delinquent public servants choose to appoint enquiry officer or constitute
enquiry committee of their level to decide the matter, which is unnecessary
uncalled for and often seen as a delaying tactic to avoid conclusion of
departmental enquiries. In many other cases, it has been observed that even
after the conclusion of departmental proceedings, government orders are not
issued,” read the guidelines issued by the government.
departments have been directed that they should monitor each enquiry carefully
to ensure its completion with three months and its outcome shared with the
General Administration Department (Vigilance).
investigating agencies –Anti-Corruption Bureau or Crime Branch –in many cases
recommend departmental action against delinquent public servants pursuant to
which the departments are required to initiate departmental proceedings in
accordance with the rules”, read the guidelines.
official of GAD said anti-graft bodies have recommended strict action against
those officers who shield tainted officials.
has been found that officers in various departments are not acting on the
recommendations of investigating agencies and instead resort to delay dallying
tactics,” the official said.
Centre’s Prevention of Corruption Act, the anti-graft bodies have been given
sweeping powers to eradicate corruption in the new Union Territory.
“In order to influence public servant, by
corrupt or illegal means, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term
which shall be not less than three year but may extend to seven years and shall
also be liable to fine,” the Act reads.
this Act, abatement by public servant of offences shall be punishable with
imprisonment not less than six months but which may extend to five years and
shall also be liable to fine.