Haryana VB registers 305 inquiries, 408 criminal cases and 336 trap cases

July 09, 2017 10:42 AM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: The State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana has registered 305 fresh enquires and 408 criminal cases including 336 trap cases against various officers and officials during the period from October 26, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB) said that on the basis of checking conducted by the Technical wing of the Bureau during the same period throughout the State, it has recommended action against 333 officers and officials of various departments along with a recovery of an amount of over Rs. 7.25 crore.
He said that State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana, has installed a toll free Vigilance Helpline '1064' at control room at SVB Headquarters in Panchkula to enable the people to lodge their complaints or provide information about corrupt officials and practices. Apart from this, another toll free No. 1800-1802022 is already working in this Bureau. The Vigilance Helplines alongwith two landline numbers 0172-2970057 and 0172-2970661 are operative round the clock. Also the Bureau has provided WhatsApp No 09417891064, and for the general public to send their complaints or information.

He said that Officers whose conduct is under scrutiny in these enquiries conducted by the Bureau included four IAS, three HCS, six Chief Engineers, four Superintending Engineers, 40 Executive Engineers (XENs), four Tehsildars, four Naib Tehsildars and 41 Sub Divisional Officers, Sub Divisional Engineers and Municipal Engineers of other departments. The complaints against them are regarding corruption, misappropriation of government funds and owning disproportionate assets.

The spokesman said that 175 enquiries have been finalized during this period. On the basis of these enquiries, 32 criminal cases against 31 Gazetted Officers and 31 Non Gazetted Officers and 28 others have been recommended. Apart from this, while departmental action has been recommended in 58 enquiries against delinquent officials, criminal case and departmental action was recommended in six enquiries, he added.

He said that State Vigilance Bureau conducted 336 raids during the period in which 45 Gazetted Officers, 327 Non Gazetted Officers and 44 other persons were caught red-handed while accepting illegal gratification. Criminal cases under section 7/13 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, have been registered against them in the Police Stations of this Bureau.

He said that during the same period, 101 cases have been decided by the Courts, in which 113 officers and officials and 38 other private persons have been convicted under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in the cases filed by State Vigilance Bureau. Those sentenced included 25 officials of Revenue Department, 20 of Police Department, 15 of Education Department, nine of Co-operation Department, seven of Power Department, five each of Health and Local Bodies Departments, three each of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and Animal Husbandry, two each of Agriculture, Irrigation, Panchayati Raj, Transport, Labour and Public Health Departments and Wakf Board and one each of Food and Supply, Treasury, Industries, Social Justice and Empowerment, Excise and Taxation, Sports and Youth Affairs and Development and Panchayats Departments. Highest numbers of persons convicted belong to Revenue, Police and Education Departments followed by Co-operation Department. Jail terms upto five years have been awarded by the Courts in these cases, he further added.

The spokesman said that the State Vigilance Bureau is laying special emphasis on various activities like laying of traps for red-handed capture of corrupt officials, effective and thorough investigation and pairvi of criminal cases so that maximum convictions can be secured and corrupt officials brought to book, making prompt and thorough probes in all inquiries entrusted to Vigilance Bureau, follow-up action against employees convicted in criminal cases registered by the Bureau, collaborating with various Government Departments in strengthening of their internal vigilance efforts and streamlining the working of Vigilance with a view to build up clean image of Government and to eradicate corruption from amongst public servants. Apart from this efforts are being made to appoint Chief Vigilance Officers or Vigilance Officers in all the government departments, Boars and Corporations of the State.

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