In 2013, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) recovered Rs 1.84 crore in traps and Rs 22.92 crore in cases of disproportionate assets. Till August this year, however, the ACB has recovered Rs 1.80 crore in traps and Rs 66.45 in cases of disproportionate assets.
Revenue, Home and Rural Development departments have the dubious distinction of having the maximum number of employees caught taking bribes. The ACB caught 268 officials from the revenue department, 224 from home, 120 from rural development, 66 from urban development, 55 from education, 41 from health, and 39 from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. Of these, 23 are doctors, 57 engineers, 10 lawyers and 27 teachers.
The ACB’s toll free helpline – 1064 – has received 185 calls since its inception in July. As a result of the complaints made on the helpline, two traps each have been laid in Gondia and Bhandara and one each in Nagpur and Jalna.
While a total of 604 cases of corruption were lodged in 2013, until August this year, the ACB has lodged 850 cases. In the corresponding period, the ACB has seen a rise of 117 per cent in trap cases and 148 per cent in cases of disproportionate assets.
Of the 798 trap cases lodged until August this year, 143 were registered by senior citizens, women, disabled individuals and the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. As many as 178 public servants were arrested in these cases.
“The diversity in the profile of complainants only shows that people are unwilling to pay bribes and register every complaint,” said Praveen Dixit, Director General, ACB.
Conviction rate has also risen by 31 per cent till August this year.