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    Ranks of corrupt officials swell in AP

    HYDERABAD: Over the last one month, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has nabbed 15 government officials red-handed, taking bribes. And ACB officials say that the number of officials taking bribes is on the rise.

    The figure of 15 arrests in a month’s time is an indicator enough and should have ideally set alarm bells ringing. But activists note that this upward trend of corruption is not only an indicator of the abysmal fear of law among ‘sarkari’ officials but also their faith in their ‘godfathers’ to bail them out.

    "If government officials are taking bribes without any compunction or fear it is indicative of the depths to which governance has fallen," notes Lok Satta leader Jayaprakash Narayan. He adds that this teflon-like complacency towards law is further strengthened since corrupt officials normally believe that even if they are caught, their godfathers, usually politicians, would bail them out. "After all, the officials have been hand-in-glove with politicians in amassing illegal wealth," he alleges. Forensic expert, MPC Gandhi, who heads ‘Crime Stoppers’, pertinently notes that the reason why bribe-taking officials are caught in the act is hardly surprising.

    "These ACB raids are only exposing what is already well known. It shows that the corrupt have become emboldened because they have begun to believe that no one is monitoring their illegal activities," Gandhi says, adding that the implementation of law has also become ineffective.

    Activists believe that it is the failed monitoring system that leads to even ‘fence sitters’ taking chances and the corrupt becoming more corrupt.

    "Such people believe that even if they are caught the system cannot harm them. It is a matter of shame as well as great concern that corruption has become so prevalent and we are doing nothing about it," Gandhi says.

    A senior ACB official says that though the number of officials taking bribe directly might be on the increase, a major chunk still sticks to traditional methods. Some officials ask their clients to handover the ‘sweetener’ to a previously identified person who could be a low level official or an outsider.

    In some cases the clients are advised to leave the money at some pre-determined place, which is picked up later. They do all this to deny their involvement if they are caught.

    To overcome this, the ACB has started recording conversations between officials and their clients. The new system also helps the ACB to ascertain the veracity of the complaint, he says.

    The trapping of Asifnagar assistant commissioner of police B Mahendra Reddy along with one of his sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors last week has shocked the sensibilities of the denizens. A few days before the arrest of Reddy, another police officer, Task Force Inspector Ramachandran was arrested in a case of disproportionate assets. Surprisingly, in all these cases none of the accused policemen have been suspended so far.

    Analysts believe that it is such inaction of the government that encourages officials to indulge in corruption. A quick action comprising a summary trial in which a high court lawyer should be arguing the ACB case, particularly in trap cases, would send the right message to the corrupt.

    "The risk in becoming corrupt should be made very high. No one should feel that they can get away with crimes of corruption," suggests Jayaprakash Narayan.

    Ranks of corrupt officials swell in AP-Hyderabad-Cities-The Times of India



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    Hi,

    These offenses are only low scale ones. What is the police or ACB doing about the rampant corruption in their own departments. These guys r in the news just on the day they r caught and then they r scot free again to be caught red-handed. Our bad memories absolve these people of all the sins they have committed.

    Secondly, what is being done about the white collar offenses of highly placed officials in state and central govt. departments (specially central). They get away even with murder as they dont come under the purview of the state intelligence and the central guys have too many things on hand to deal with such corrupt officials.

    Phani

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phani View Post
    Hi,

    These offenses are only low scale ones. What is the police or ACB doing about the rampant corruption in their own departments. These guys r in the news just on the day they r caught and then they r scot free again to be caught red-handed. Our bad memories absolve these people of all the sins they have committed.

    Secondly, what is being done about the white collar offenses of highly placed officials in state and central govt. departments (specially central). They get away even with murder as they dont come under the purview of the state intelligence and the central guys have too many things on hand to deal with such corrupt officials.

    Phani
    You are absolutely correct.
    Whenever I tell anyone in the Government that I will record the conversation and get the ACB/Vigilance to trap him, the standard answer is "Why are you only after the small fish?"
    Nothing is being done to catch the big fish !

    In any case, corruption of even 1 paisa is corruption....cannot be excused.



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