55 corruption cases recorded in six years, only 2 convicted
Cops hold meetings with residents, stage street plays so that people register complaints
NAVI MUMBAI: The anti-corruption bureau of Navi Mumbai, which came into existence in 2009, have registered a total of 55 cases till December last year. However, only two people arrested by them have been convicted by the court so far.
The judgments of three cases have come so far. However, the accused in the third case was acquitted owing to a lack of concrete evidence, a senior official said.
As far as statistics are concerned, the number of complaints has gone up noticeably in the last two years. More people are coming forward with complaints against corrupt government officials in the satellite city.
As many as 20 and 21 cases were registered with the ACB in 2015 and 2014 as opposed to only 11 cases registered in 2013.
“Of 20 cases registered in 2015, 17 were trap cases wherein we arrested the accused redhanded while accepting a bribe. The remaining three cases were possession of assets disproportionate to known sources of income of public servants,” said Vivek Joshi, deputy superintendent of police (ACB, Navi Mumbai)
Explaining the reason behind the low conviction rate, Joshi said, “Cases registered by the anti-corruption bureau are tried by the special courts and not by the regular courts. However, our special courts do not have manpower according to the requirement and it results in delay in the judicial procedure. However, the scenario has improved in recent times.”
According to Joshi, people used to hesitate to come forward and register complaints a couple of years ago. “Our branch in Navi Mumbai was opened in 2009, but no case was registered that year. Likewise, we registered only 1 case in 2010,” he said.
Joshi attributes the rise in registration of cases to the increased awareness among the people.
“We are taking various steps such as conducting meetings with the residents, performing street plays at public places to educate the masses,” he said.
“We are regularly visiting the government offices to curb corruption. Recently, we started our helpline 1064 for the convenience of the people,” Joshi added.
“Another reason behind the increase in the registration of cases with us is that we do not reveal the names of the complainants. So the people feel safe to get cases registered even against senior government officers,” another official from the ACB said.