23 IB personnel punished in corruption cases

At least 23 Intelligence Bureau (IB) personnel were punished for their involvement in corruption cases, in the past ten years.

New Delhi: At least 23 Intelligence Bureau
(IB) personnel, up to the level of inspector, were punished
for their involvement in corruption cases including demand of
bribe of Rs 250 and a compact disc, in the past ten years.

According to an RTI reply, necessary action including
removal of service and censure was taken against an inspector,
eight sub-inspectors, six assistant sub-inspectors, three head
constables, five constables and a personal assistant for their
involvement in illegal practices between 2001 and 2010.

A Deputy Superintendent of Police, an inspector and three
sub-inspectors were charged with corruption and later
exonerated by the departmental vigilance wing, it said. However, the IB did not give names of the officials found
involved in corrupt practices citing "security reasons".

Giving details of the case registered on February 2, 2010
against a constable who demanded money from domestic and
foreign tourists passing through Foreigners Check Post (FCP)
Daranga for Bhutan, it said. "The Disciplinary Authority,
considering the fact that the charged officer is quite young
and has a long career ahead in service, imposed major penalty
of reduction in pay by two stages for a period of one year
with cumulative effect".

Whereas, a sub inspector was charged for accepting
"illegal gratification of Rs 250 and CD cassette from a shop
owner" on January 8, 2003 and "awarded penalty of withholding
of one increment for a period of one year with cumulative
"Name of delinquent officials is not being disclosed for
security reasons," the IB said in reply to an RTI query filed
by PTI.

IB, country`s premier internal security agency, is
responsible for gathering and dissemination of intelligence
with various central and state government authorities.
"There is no case of human rights violation and sexual
harassment registered against IB officials. Similarly, no
other agency such as DRI, police, income tax etc have
registered any case of corruption against IB officials," said
K C Meena, Central Public Information Officer.

Earlier, the Central Information Commission had sought
explanation from the IB for denying information on cases of
corruption and sexual harassment against its officials between
2001 and 2010 under the Right to Information Act.
Following the denial of information from both the Public
Information officer and First Appellate Authority, the
applicant had appealed before the CIC.


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