CORRUPTION … Central Vigilance Commission on a long wait from ministries, establishment bosses for permission to prosecute corrupt officials


NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission is waiting for months for a formal nod from various government agencies to prosecute a set of allegedly corrupt officials in the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department.
A PTI report said on Monday that sanction is awaited for prosecution of 123 officials attached to these entities for the past four months. “The organisations which are supposed to issue sanction include several central ministries, banks and state governments,” the CVC said in a notification. 
It said the summary of cases awaiting sanction for prosecution has been updated till April 30. A total of 57 cases are pending against these officials.
As many as eight cases are pending with the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. There are five cases each pending with the Ministry of Railways and the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Some 15 cases, involving 45 employees, are pending with State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce. One case each is pending with the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. There are also two cases pending with Union territories.
“In seven cases involving 16 officials of Department of Personnel & Training, Corporation Bank, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Syndicate Bank, the Commission agreed with the departments/ organisations that sanction for prosecution is not necessary,” the notification said. “However, final action taken/decision is awaited.” Last year, the CVC submitted a preliminary inquiry report into allegations of corruption against former CBI Director Alok Verma. The central government after some months removed Verma from his responsibilities as CBI director, on October 23, pending a CVC inquiry.
Several senior bureaucrats who had been suspended in the past sat back in their homes for a few years, after they were re-instated with full salary due for the suspension period. Bureaucrats form into a clique and scuttle investigations. IAS officials are reported to have lobbies protecting them from disciplinary action, and governments often have problem removing them from service, because presidential assent is necessary for such actions. These are laborious procedures too. With the result, suspended employees often laugh their way back to their posts. IHN-NN

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