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Monday, December 6, 2010

Files against corrupt babus gather dust

Dec 6, 2010

Hyderabad, Dec. 5: Political patronage to corrupt state officials is so rampant that files relating to initiating action against them are gathering dust in the higher levels of administration including at the Chief Minister’s Office.
As per rules, state personnel convicted in graft cases should be removed from service. But in several cases action has not be initiated as senior officials and ministers have delayed the process and in some cases the pendency is being reported at the CMO too.

The inaction at various levels came to light recently when senior bureaucrats hurriedly started gathering details about corrupt officials in the respective departments to avoid being reprimanded by the High Court for protecting them.

The HC, while hearing a Public Interest Litigation, has asked the government to submit a report on action taken against officials who were convicted in graft cases. 

Official sources said that in several cases, the corrupt state servants have either escaped punishment or have managed to delay the removal process. “Political patronage to these officials is so high that in some cases files pertaining to action against them languish in the Chief Minister’s Office,” sources pointed out. “In the remaining cases, the officials continue in service obtaining stay orders from the courts,” a senior official said adding that the corrupt get help in this regard also as the government ignores vacating the stay orders.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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