Under constant attack from the opposition on the arrests made by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), the Delhi government on Saturday released figures of the arrests made. Last month, the government had put up hoardings across the city declaring that 35 corrupt officials have been arrested by the ACB.
Providing details of the department-wise breakup of the arrests made since the anti-corruption helpline was relaunched, the government alleged that the opposition has some “vested” interests in spreading “confusion” about the drive by the corruption watchdog.
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“The Delhi government takes exception to confusion being deliberately spread about its anti-corruption drive by vested interests. A Right to Information (RTI) response, giving details of the first 35 days of work since the anti-corruption helpline was launched on April 5, is being used to spread misinformation,” government officials stated.
“Though the ACB has been providing details of arrests made by it in cases of corruption on a regular basis, the government is releasing department-wise details about arrests made so far to remove any confusion. The ACB has made 35 arrests,” a statement by the government said.
However, the government did not mention the details of arrests or the dates as the hoardings were put up a month before this controversy began.
According to the department-wise breakup, majority of the arrests were made by the Excise department (12), followed by Delhi Jal Board (9), Education department (7), MCD (2), one by the PWD and Delhi Police each and three arrests by APMC.
Senior government officials too are questioning the arrests. “Had 35 officials been arrested the whole system would have been in shock.
The non-disclosure of the names and designations are raising questions on the arrests shown in the advertisements,” an official said.