'Senior IO to probe corruption cases of IAS, IPS officers'

Cases of corruption and other irregularities against IAS and IPS officers would be probed by an Investigating Officer (IO) senior to them in rank, the Rajasthan government on Monday said.

PTI| Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015, 16:34 PM IST

Jaipur: Cases of corruption and other irregularities against IAS and IPS officers would be probed by an Investigating Officer (IO) senior to them in rank, the Rajasthan government on Monday said.

To a question and supplementary questions of BJP MLAs, Home Minister GC Kataria said that till now the Circle Officer, Additional SP or SP of ACB used to investigate the cases lodged against IAS/IPS and now there was a need to review it.

Hence, the state government would ensure that IO senior than IAS or IPS rank should probe such cases.

Kataria said eighteen cases were lodged against IAS officers in the last five years (2010-2014), of which FR (Final Report) was put on five cases, ten were pending, challan were filed in two cases, and remaining one was awaiting technical clearance.

On BJP MLA Alka Singh's supplementary questions, Home Minister said there was no provision in the existing laws to seize or attach the property or assets of a corrupt official who failed to abscond or lost legal battle.

BJP MLAs Sukhram Vishnoi, Nirmal Kumar and Independent MLA M C Surana echoed their voices against the IAS and IPS officers' individual cases running in the ACB.

On another question by BJP MLA Mohan Lal Gupta, Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh assured the House that there was no corruption in purchase of CFL bulbs by the previous Congress government.

The previous government had purchased 1.28 lakh CFL bulbs at a cost of Rs 160 per piece.

During Question Hour, Medical and Health Minister R S Rathore assured BJP MLA Dr Jaswant Singh that the state government would try to manage funds of Rs 169 lakh and infrastructure fund of Rs 92 lakh to open a 100-bed government hospital (CHC) in Behror.

About 1.14 lakh people were provided jobs in small industries, khadi and khadi gramodhyog sector during December 2013 and November 2014, Industry Minister G S Kheenvsar replied to a starred question by M C Surana (Independent MLA).