CORRUPTION CASES

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CVC halves time for reconsideration of its advice against officials accused of corruption

The CVC has halved to one month the time for reconsideration of its advice against government officials accused of corruption in cases where the department concerned wants to have a lenient or stricter view on the quantum of punishment recommended by it.

The move came after it was noticed that such proposals were not received in the stipulated time period of two months, thus causing a delay in the processing of vigilance cases.

The CVC is consulted by the government departments at two stages in vigilance cases — advice is first obtained on investigation reports and second before a final decision is taken at the conclusion of proceedings against corrupt employees.

Citing its earlier guidelines, the commission said that the government departments are required to approach the CVC for advice wherein a lenient or stricter view than that advised by it is proposed to be taken in the vigilance cases. Further, it was also prescribed that such reconsideration proposals should be sent within two months from the date of receipt of the commission’s advice, says the order.

Considering the need for expeditious finalization of vigilance cases and to adhere to the timelines for its finalizations, the commission on review of the existing timelines has decided that any proposal for a reconsideration of its first stage advice should be made to it within one month of receipt of the first stage advice, it said.

08 Aug 2020
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UP STF arrests a man for facilitating transfers of IAS and IPS

Uttar Pradesh STF nabbed a 30-year-old man Peeyush Aggarwal from Ghaziabad for allegedly facilitating transfers and postings of IAS and IPS officers in the state. He has been posing himself a journalist and social worker.

 

Aggarwal had allegedly fixed a Rs 1.25 crore deal for ensuring that a senior IAS officer is posted as vice-chairperson of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA). However, the deal fell through. He is alleged to have assets worth crores, he stayed in a rented flat at KW Srishti housing society. Originally from Uttarakhand, he had been living in Delhi-NCR for the past 10 years.

 

He also carried an ID card of DD News which later turned out to be fake. Vishal Vikram Singh, ASP in STF in Lucknow, said their investigation followed an audio clip in which Aggarwal can be purportedly heard talking to his associates about the IAS officer’s posting. After the clip featured on a news channel on May 21, the government ordered an investigation by the STF.

24 May 2020
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CVC halves time for reconsideration of its advice against officials accused of corruption

By IndianMandarins 08 Aug 2020

The CVC has halved to one month the time for reconsideration of its advice against government officials accused of corruption in cases where the department concerned wants to have a lenient or stricter view on the quantum of punishment recommended by it.

The move came after it was noticed that such proposals were not received in the stipulated time period of two months, thus causing a delay in the processing of vigilance cases.

The CVC is consulted by the government departments at two stages in vigilance cases — advice is first obtained on investigation reports and second before a final decision is taken at the conclusion of proceedings against corrupt employees.

Citing its earlier guidelines, the commission said that the government departments are required to approach the CVC for advice wherein a lenient or stricter view than that advised by it is proposed to be taken in the vigilance cases. Further, it was also prescribed that such reconsideration proposals should be sent within two months from the date of receipt of the commission’s advice, says the order.

Considering the need for expeditious finalization of vigilance cases and to adhere to the timelines for its finalizations, the commission on review of the existing timelines has decided that any proposal for a reconsideration of its first stage advice should be made to it within one month of receipt of the first stage advice, it said.

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UP STF arrests a man for facilitating transfers of IAS and IPS

By IndianMandarins 24 May 2020

Uttar Pradesh STF nabbed a 30-year-old man Peeyush Aggarwal from Ghaziabad for allegedly facilitating transfers and postings of IAS and IPS officers in the state. He has been posing himself a journalist and social worker.

 

Aggarwal had allegedly fixed a Rs 1.25 crore deal for ensuring that a senior IAS officer is posted as vice-chairperson of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA). However, the deal fell through. He is alleged to have assets worth crores, he stayed in a rented flat at KW Srishti housing society. Originally from Uttarakhand, he had been living in Delhi-NCR for the past 10 years.

 

He also carried an ID card of DD News which later turned out to be fake. Vishal Vikram Singh, ASP in STF in Lucknow, said their investigation followed an audio clip in which Aggarwal can be purportedly heard talking to his associates about the IAS officer’s posting. After the clip featured on a news channel on May 21, the government ordered an investigation by the STF.

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CVC asks to complete prob against govt officials before retirement

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2020

The CVC has asked banks and central government departments to expedite disciplinary proceedings against officials involved in alleged corruption cases especially those who are about to retire shortly. It was noticed that some cases of alleged corruption do not get disposed of even until the retirement of an accused public servant.

 

The CVC has been writing to the government departments since 2007 on the issue to ensure that the accused officers are brought to justice in time. The most recent letter in this regard was written in July 2019. It had specifically impressed upon the vigilance functionaries as well as administrative authorities concerned the need to prioritize their activities of conducting investigations and completion of disciplinary action well in advance so as to avoid late reference to the Commission.

 

It was also conveyed that all such retirement cases should be received by the first week of the month of superannuation of the officer(s) concerned. A directive in this regard was issued to secretaries of central government departments and the chairman and managing directors of public sector banks, undertakings and autonomous organizations.

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Union Minister for ‘strictest possible action’ against own APS

By IndianMandarins 21 Jan 2020

The Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan wants strictest possible action’ against own Additional Private Secretary Arun Kumar Singh. APS was accused of corruption by CBI which had in December raided his residence. Following the CBI raid on Singh’s residence in December last year Paswan ensured that his APS was repatriated to Air India i.e. his parent cadre.

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MP STF arrests wing commander for impersonating Shah

By IndianMandarins 10 Jan 2020

In an unprecedented development, STF in Madhya Pradesh arrested a wing commander of Indian Air Force for allegedly impersonating Union home minister Amit Shah. The officer made a phone call to governor to influence appointment of a vice-chancellor in a medical university.

The STF also arrested a Bhopal-based dentist who was being recommended by the Air Force officer as vice-chancellor of Jabalpur’s Madhya Pradesh Medical Science University.

The STF confirmed arrest of IAF wing commander Kuldeep Baghela and dentist Chandresh Kumar Shukla on charges of impersonating as home minister Amit Shah and calling the governor over phone to influence the appointment of a vice-chancellor.

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Noida SSP suspended

By IndianMandarins 10 Jan 2020

Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) SSP Vaibhav Krishna (IPS:2003:UP) was on Thursday suspended and fourteen police personnel transferred. Krishna has been in the middle of a row over a leaked letter and an objectionable video alleging corruption in the police force.

A letter sent by SSP to UP Government, alleging corruption in postings and transfers, had also surfaced following which the outgoing State DGP O P Singh had also sought an explanation from Krishna on the leaking of the confidential letter.

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CBI registers case against a sitting and a retired HC judge in corruption case

By IndianMandarins 07 Dec 2019

In an unprecedented move, the CBI has registered a case against sitting Allahabad High Court Judge Justice Shri Narayan Shukla for his alleged involvement of accepting bribe in lieu of giving a favourable verdict for a Lucknow-based medical college.

Justice Shukla has been named as prime accused along with retired HC Judge IM Quddusi, who was earlier arrested in September 2017. After registering the latest case in its larger alleged judicial corruption probe, the CBI teams on November 6 morning raided residences of Justice Shukla in Lucknow, Justice Quddusi’s residence in Delhi and five other places and recovered several incriminating documents related to investments and financial transactions.

The CBI confirmed that a case has been registered against Justices Shukla and Quddusi. In addition, the CBI has named an alleged conduit Bhawana Pandey, Bhagwan Prasad Yadav and Palash Yadav of Prasad Education trust, another alleged middleman Sudhir Giri and the trust.

Officials familiar with the FIR said Shukla, Quddusi and others have been booked for criminal conspiracy under sections 7, 8, 12 and 13 (2) and 13 (1) of the prevention of corruption act (which deal with accepting bribery, criminal misconduct).

Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, in July this year, gave CBI permission to register an FIR against Justice Shukla after the agency informed the apex court about the irregularities. Gogoi had also written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year recommending Shukla’s removal after an in-house panel had found him guilty of judicial irregularities.

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Board of Directors: VRS of a Director hangs in balance?

By IndianMandarins 18 Sep 2019

A senior board level official in country’s key public sector entity is under troubles since May this year. In an unwarranted situation, the top official chose to opt for VRS but that did not prove to be enough to ease him out. If some top sources in a premier agency is to be believed the notice period for VRS ended in the first week of August 2019 but the administrative ministry extended the timeline for a particular reason.

As per rules the acceptance of VRS application requires vigilance clearance but the agencies do not find the case fit for clearance and his VRS has been hanging in balance for now.

Irony is that even though the Board-level official wants to get rid of corruption charges mere few months ahead of retirement, he finds himself in a catch 22 situation.

 

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