`Over 115 graft cases pending investigation`

As many as 116 graft cases are being investigated by Anti-Corruption Branch against officials of Government of National Capital Territory (Delhi), police, MCD.

New Delhi: As many as 116 graft cases are being investigated, some for over five years, by the Anti- Corruption Branch against officials of Government of National Capital Territory (Delhi), police and MCD among others.

The ACB has registered a total of 147 cases between 2008 and March, of which 116 are under probe, 27 pending trials in courts, one has been referred to CBI and three cases have been closed, according to an RTI reply.

Out of the total of 116 cases involving 220 officials under probe, a highest of 39 are against 68 officials working in various departments of the GNCTD, 30 against 49 Delhi Police personnel and 23 cases against 47 officials working in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, it said.

Besides, seven cases against at least 11 officials of the Delhi Development Authority and two cases each involving 19 officials of New Delhi Municipal Council and two officials of Income Tax Department are also being investigated.

The ACB was asked to give details of cases registered and probed by it in the last five years.

Also, it has registered one case each against employees of Railway Protection Force, United India Insurance Ltd, Uttar Pradesh Police, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, Haryana Police, Central Excise and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), among others.

Of the total 147 registered cases, 45 each were filed in 2008 and 2009, 39 in 2010, 12 in 2011 and six between January and March.

According to the reply, 31 cases registered in 2008, 33 in 2009 and 34 in 2010 were pending investigation by the ACB in addition to the cases filed during last year and this year.

The cases were registered for alleged financial and managerial irregularities by government officials. "A reliable secret information was received that the doctors of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital were indulging in corrupt practices. They in connivance with some of the medicine and equipment suppliers are purchasing their products or equipment at a higher rate than the market prices...”

"Surprise check was conducted at the LNJP Hospital and the records for the years 2004-05 were seized from the hospital. Scrutiny of records prima facie revealed the conspiracy between the officials of LNJP hospital and suppliers thereby causing wrongful gain to the suppliers and huge loss to the government exchequer," the ACB said, while giving detail of the case registered in September 2009 against unnamed officials of LNJP hospital and suppliers among others.

Last December, it had registered a case against 10 officials of DUSIB for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 19.44 crore to the government "by falsification of record" which was pending investigation, the reply said.

Also, a case against a DDA official was registered last month on the basis of complaints filed to the Central Vigilance Commission alleging fraudulent allotment of plots and was pending probe, it added.