CBI acted against 21 staff in last 3 years, reveals RTI
By Tarun Nangia | Published: 10th August 2013 10:31 AM |
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken action on as many as 21 staff posted with the agency on charges of various acts of omission and commission on the basis of complaints, an RTI reply has revealed.
According to the information available, in 2010, the CBI took action against six staff members while in 2011 it issued warnings to 10 of its officials. The action was prompted by an anonymous complaint against SP of Anti-Corruption Bureau in Kolkata, S R Majumdar and other staff members.
In 2011, the agency acted against seven of its staff, including two officers attached with its Anti-corruption Bureau in Bangalore, information received in response to an RTI query filed by Subash Agarwal revealed.
In 2012, the agency transferred then Imphal SP Ganesh Verma, DSP LT Salu and two other staff members. In the same year, a preliminary inquiry was registered against Director of Central Forensic Science Laboratory R S Dangi. In all, the CBI took action against eight of its staff in 2012. In 2013, acting on a complaint, the CBI repatriated Inspector Pawan Kumar attached with the Anti-corruption Bureau in Chandigarh to his parent department, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and terminated the service of one programmer. In May, Vivek Dutt, an SP-level officer attached with the CBI at its headquarters in Delhi was arrested on charges of bribery.
Speaking to Express after Dutt’s arrest, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had remarked, “It is good that we could identify and track a bad apple in our system.” When asked whether such cases send a strong message and keep the organisation clean, Sinha said he was happy that the agency was successful in identifying the officer who was engaging in such activities. Agarwal claimed that most units of the CBI were not providing information relating to corruption and human rights violation, issues which are not exempted under Section 24 of the RTI Act for exempted organisations, including the CBI which is listed in the second schedule of the Act.