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Rush to get status on graft action

- Chief secretary to review cases against govt officers

The ball seems to have started rolling within a week after chief minister Nitish Kumar gave heads of departments a dressing down.

The officers are in a hurry to get the status of the disciplinary action initiated against public servants facing corruption charges. Chief secretary A.K. Sinha is scheduled to review the progress in the department proceedings pending against the government employees involved in corrupt practices.

A notification issued by the general administration department on Tuesday said Sinha would review the cases pending against the corrupt public servants at a meeting to be held on Thursday.

The chief secretary would seek to know from the officers about the progress in the departmental proceedings pending against the employees of the department concerned.

The chief secretary, sources in the secretariat said, has asked the heads of the department concerned to furnish details about the employees, who have been caught either on bribery charge or accused of amassing disproportionate assets to their known sources of income since 2006.

The cases were lodged against the employees with the vigilance investigation bureau, special vigilance unit and the economic offences unit, the three anti-corruption wings of the state government to tame corruption prevalent at the government offices.

Sources said the chief minister during the review meeting on January 15 was stunned to know that Jhakari Ram, a mining and geology department official, was not suspended even after the institution of a disproportionate assets case against him and recovery of Rs 1.64 crore in cash from his residence in Patna.

A senior police officer associated with the investigation said: “A formal information about the institution of the case is sent to the department concerned soon after the trap case is lodged against the employee of the department. Similar is the process in the disproportionate assets case,” a senior vigilance bureau official said.

The officer said disciplinary action such as suspension and department proceedings were initiated by the departments concerned only. “We are not concerned with the disciplinary action,” he clarified.

Official statistics revealed that since 2006, a total of 578 trap cases have been lodged in which 658 persons have been arrested. Of them 53 are policemen.

In addition, disproportionate assets cases have been registered against 100 public servants.


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