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Vigilance unit revival to curb corruption

The special vigilance unit of police has been revived after almost three years to crack the whip on big fishes involved in corruption.

The unit, formed in 2006, had been virtually defunct owing to manpower shortage and lack of adequate infrastructure. The special vigilance unit (SVU)ís revival assumes significance in the wake of chief minister Nitish Kumarís decision to review corruption cases.

Nitish would hold a videoconference with all district magistrates, superintendents of police and other department heads on Wednesday.

As part of the move to strengthen the SVU, three retired officials of the CBI have been appointed on contract basis. In addition, the government has deployed four deputy superintendents of police and an equal number of inspectors. A few policemen in the rank of sub-inspector have also been posted. However, the post of the deputy inspector-general (DIG) is lying vacant.

The unitís head and inspector-general, Praveen Vashishtha, said: ďThe drive against corruption will gain momentum in the days to come.Ē

Former director-general of police Narayan Mishra was the first government official to come under the scanner. A disproportionate assets case (No. 01/07) was lodged against Mishra at the SVUís police station in Patna on February 6, 2007.He was charged with accumulating disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.35 crore. The government had also decided to confiscate his property under Section 13 of the Bihar Special Courts Act, 2009. The case was lodged when he was posted as director-general, homeguards and fire services.

S.S. Verma, secretary in the minor irrigation department, was the second bureaucrat to fall in the SVUís net. A disproportionate assets case (No. 02/2007) was filed against him on July 3, 2007. He was accused of amassing property worth Rs 1.43 crore beyond his known sources of income.

Six special courts ó two each in Patna, Bhagalpur and one in Muzaffarpur ó have been constituted by the state government with the permission of Patna High Court for speedy trial of the cases.


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