Red-flagged 50 cases of alleged corruption, nepotism but no govt action: CVC

Report records cases of alleged graft, nepotism and red-tapism in 2016

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: April 24, 2017 8:07 am
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The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recorded in its annual report more than 50 cases of alleged corruption, nepotism, high-handedness and red-tapism in 2016 in which the government departments concerned failed to initiate action despite being alerted by the anti-corruption watchdog.

The report, which was submitted to the government this month, states that in many of these cases, the CBI initiated FIRs, recommended suspension of the officials involved and action against senior functionaries of these departments. However, the report states, its advice was ignored or not fully acted upon.

According to the CVC’s report, the maximum number of these cases were related to the Ministry of Railways (12), followed by PSU banks (7), Ministry of Civil Aviation (5) and Central Excise and Customs (4).

The report states that in one case involving the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the CBI registered a case against officials of Kandla Port Trust (KPT) for alleged irregularities in the grant of 129.9 metres of cargo berth without government approval and out-of-turn berthing to a few vessels through “dishonest means”.

“After completion of investigation, the CBI recommended action against the then Chairman of KPT among others following which CVC advised major penalty,” states the report.

“However, the commission was intimated by MoRTH in December 2016 that there has been neither mala-fide on the part of the official concerned nor any loss of revenue to the port, hence the disciplinary authority has not accepted the advice of the CVC/CBI for initiating penalty against the then Chairman, KPT and has decided to close the case,” it adds.

Among the other major cases red-flagged in the CVC report are:

* Ministry of Civil Aviation: The report has highlighted alleged irregularities in awarding contract for cockpit crew transportation in Air India. The CVC advised the imposition of major penalty stating that the process of award of contract to the private company allegedly showed blatant violation of rules, regulations and procedures, and bypassed prescribed channels, the report says. In disagreement, the government exonerated the officer and only withdrew passages and post-retirement medical benefits, it says.

* Delhi Development Authority: The report states that officers allegedly granted “undue favour” to a private school for allotment of land at Dwarka in New Delhi. CBI registered two FIRs and the CVC advised a major penalty and then a minor penalty against the two, it says. The case was, however, closed by the vice chairman, DDA without consulting CVC, states the report.

* Central Board of Excise and Customs: A Chennai private firm allegedly colluded with officials of the Customs Department, Office of the Assistant Drug Controller and Customs house agents in the import of drugs from China using 160 bills of entry valued at Rs 20 crore without obtaining the valid registration certificate and licence. The report states that the importer willfully evaded payment of Rs 1.26 crore towards mandatory registration fee and licence fee. The CBI registered four FIRs against 17 officials but were denied sanction of prosecution by CBEC, who also ignored the CVC’s advice for major penalty, the report states.

* Indian Council of Agricultural Research: The report states that a director at one of the institutes of ICAR allegedly purchased lab tables worth Rs 47 lakh in an irregular manner from a firm without inviting tender and awarded civil work to firms at inflated rates by ignoring the lowest bidder. CVC ordered a major penalty, but the charges were dropped by the department, it states.

* Railways: The report said that estimates were prepared for a tender on setting up solar panels at 20 level crossing gates in Southern Railway, without allegedly considering the actual requirement. This resulted in a cost difference of Rs 23.33 lakh, the report stated. The Railway authority ignored the CVC’s advice for imposing a major penalty and instead imposed a minor penalty, the report states.

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    NPY Raman
    Apr 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    Unfortunate that even under Modiji the bureaucracy controls itself. Afterall CVC's recommendation should carry some weight.
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      Mohan
      Apr 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm
      Yes some weight --- not the final word !
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      ASHOK KUMAR
      Apr 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm
      In the absence of a strong and viable opposition, Modi has got licence to rule for 50 years with all misdoings as it used to be during UPA's time.
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        DA
        Apr 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm
        From the above reporting it seems pretty apparent that each of the cases was investigated and then the process took its own course. The CAG points our errors - whether these are crimes or poor judgment has to be decided by investigation.
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          Common Man
          Apr 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm
          People are losing faith on Modi's rhetoric of fight against corruption and black money. It is same business as usual for bureaucracy, although they are bit more careful these days. Demonetization efforts fell flat on face due to large scale swindling which happened in connivance of bank officials. Not much action has been taken against these bank employees so far
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            Mohan
            Apr 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm
            Worry about your self We Indians are not worried about Modi -- not yet !
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            l s
            Apr 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm
            Red flagging is not sufficient. The matter should be reffered to the Supreme Court for real action. Politicians do not care for red flagging.
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              Mohan
              Apr 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm
              Red flag -- is a mere look out notice and not the final word It is for the administration to find out on the basis of wrongs pointed out by the CAG as to what exactly happened and the cir stances then prevailing. If rules are not followed the CAG is duty bound to red flag -- but that does not automatically mean crime or corruption took place
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              Sunder
              Apr 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm
              Modi govt. both in Gujrat and at centre are infamous for waffling on corruption cases. They are loath to appoint honest persons to key anti-corruption posts. This was a long standing scandal in Gujarat. At the centre after the big talk of Lok Pal, three years have p ed and no progress made. Rohatgi the lick-spittle AG has the gumption to tell the Supreme Court that law amendment is awaited. WHERE IS ANNA HAZARE the famous corruption fighter? Kiran Bedi is enjoying the salubrious beaches of Puducherry. Humbug is the first name of Hindutwa people.
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                Mohan
                Apr 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm
                Were you under imported Italian skirt when 2G CWG Coalgate etc were happening!
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                  Sunder
                  Apr 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                  No. Nor was I wearing khaki chaddi.
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                Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
                Apr 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                na khawoga na khana dounga, is just a mere slogan for modi ji] he should take quick action against corrupt ministers and other govt officials.
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                  Mohan
                  Apr 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm
                  Brother take a deep breath !
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                    mumbikar
                    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm
                    by your comments, it seems that u gained the most !!!! do u even read the article, or u just comment for the sake of commenting, so that u can collect your daily wages !!! by defending a person like modi/shah shows ur cl . they looted gujarat and made the state a segregated state, now they are doing the same to the entire country with fake development stories.
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                  Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
                  Apr 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm
                  this is very serious allegation by CVC. but our world renowned and most po r of India so far as per BJP has been patting his back that there is not a single case of corruption, nepotism etc on any of his minister or official so far during his 3 years of misrule, will modi take this issue seriously and terminate the concerned ministers in the departments where CVC has pointed out huge corruption and nepotism and also those govt officials who were involved in such corruption cases. hope you if modi wants to return to power in 2019 hahaha
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                    Mohan
                    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm
                    Your hahaha --- will be Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa in 2019 Till then keep smiling -- you will have to bear with Modi
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