Bhubaneswar, Oct 15 (LocalWire): The anti-corruption vigilance wing of Odisha Police has registered cases against 31 IAS officers in the state in the last 14 years.
However, the rate of conviction of these tainted bureaucrats is abysmally low, according to the government’s reply to an RTI query.
Fiscal irregularities leveled against these officers were probed into and cases filed against them under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. The cases pertained to 2000-2014.
Only Sanjib Kumar Roy and Vinod Kumar have so far been convicted on prima facie produced by the vigilance investigators before the court.
The Bhubaneswar vigilance court convicted Roy in vigilance case no 24/2001 while four other cases are also pending against him. Chargesheet has been filed against Roy in a case dating back to 2003 and final reports have been submitted in three cases against him, according to the RTI reply.
The special Judge Vigilance court during July last year convicted Odisha cadre IAS officer Vinod Kumar on corruption charges in two cases while he is facing trial in 18 other corruption cases.
Kumar, the former managing director of Orissa Rural Housing Development Corporation, was arrested by the vigilance wing of the state police. He also had cases registered against him. Later, vigilance investigators had framed charge-sheet against him for allegedly amassing huge properties disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Kumar had headed the OHRDC during 2000-01 when large-scale fiscal irregularities were allegedly perpetrated by him.
The corporation allegedly granted loans to builders and contractors unscrupulously without obtaining adequate collateral security and not conducting pre and post sanction inspection. No follow-up action was allegedly taken to recover loans. As a result, repayments up to Rs.100 crores remained outstanding