55 cor­rup­tion cases recorded in six years, only 2 con­victed

Cops hold meet­ings with res­i­dents, stage street plays so that peo­ple reg­is­ter com­plaints

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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