Beefing up its vigil against corruption, the Delhi government has set up a team of officials to monitor corruption in offices under the Delhi administration. The team will report directly to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said government sources Thursday.
On Thursday, the team — which has been active for a few weeks — brought two cases of corruption to the government’s attention following which a Motor Licence Officer (MLO) at Sheikh Sarai and a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) at Kapashera have been ‘removed’ from their position, government sources confirmed.
The team has constantly been monitoring various Delhi government offices. According to sources, the team learnt that the MLO was getting kickbacks through juniors officials, who have also been brought under the scanner. The SDM, sources said, had been receiving bribes through lawyers and deed writers at the sub-registrar’s office.
“The officials have been removed from their posts and the issues have been referred to the chief minister for further direction,” said a source.
While the size and the composition of the team is being kept confidential, government sources said the team will function as the government’s eyes in its offices. It began by monitoring government offices that have public interface. The team also investigated government-run hospitals but they were found ‘sans corruption’, said a source.
Weeding out corruption was the AAP’s main promise before the Delhi Assembly election in February 2015. The government has, however, repeatedly claimed that its crackdown on corruption has been hindered with the Centre taking over the Anti-corruption Branch.
The team will aid the anti-corruption helpline set up by the government by giving the anti-corruption cell inputs from offices on its watch, said sources. While the anti-corruption cell acts on complaints, the chief minister’s anti-corruption team will provide inputs that the government will act on.
“This team’s brief is to gather information and point out cases of corruption. These cases will be referred to the government that will decide the further course of action,” added a source.