Over 1,700 employees working with Central Public Sector Enterprises, public sector banks, financial institutions and autonomous bodies have been punished so far this year for their alleged involvement in corruption by Central Vigilance Commission.
As many as 157 IAS officers have alleged corruption cases registered against them in the past ten years while sanction of prosecution has been issued only against 15 of them, according to an RTI reply.
The Supreme Court was on Wednesday told that the law which makes it mandatory for CBI to take approval of competent authority to probe senior bureaucrats in graft cases creates a "privileged class" of central government employees and violates equality clause of the Constitution.
The Central Vigilance Commission has sought response from CBI on a complaint alleging tardy probe in select high profile corruption cases including of disproportionate assets charges against BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Asif Ali Zardari is expected to leave Pakistan after completing his term as President on September 8 due to security threats and fears about the reopening of graft cases, according to a media report on Sunday.
In a 12-year-old case, a special CBI court in Mumbai has sentenced an Income Tax officer to five years of rigorous imprisonment for demanding bribe to avoid complications in the tax matters of a complainant.