CVC Recovers Rs 46 cr, Concerned Over Sanction of Prosecution

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CVC Recovers Rs 46 cr, Concerned Over Sanction of Prosecution
The CVC has recovered more than Rs 46 crore as fine from government departments and public sector undertakings while investigating corruption cases during the last year.
The central watchdog had also been concerned for delay in receiving sanctions for prosecution during the last year.

"CBI filed charge-sheets in 64 cases after receipt of sanction of prosecution. CBI also received sanction for prosecution in 44 cases from various departments. This matter is being closely monitored by the Commission to secure sanction from the organisations concerned in a reasonable period of time," the Commission said in its performance report for November last year.

"However, sanctions for prosecution are still delayed," it said.

According to the latest performance report of the CVC, it advised major penalty proceedings in 1,194 cases, prosecutions in 133 cases and advised major penalty after inquiry in 562 cases.

The actual figure for recoveries after investigations stood at 46.23 crore up to November last year.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) launched prosecution against five Revenue department officials -- three from CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) and two CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) -- while it initiated major penalty proceedings against 91 officers which included 29 from the Public Sector Banks and 20 officers of the Ministry of Railways.

On the basis of CVC's advice, five senior officers (of and above the rank of Joint Secretary) -- three from the Ministry of Railways and one each from Mahanadi Coalfields Limited and National Housing Bank -- were punished. The CVC, which has been mandated by the Supreme Court to monitor the issue of granting sanction for prosecution of officials in various government organisations, imposed major penalty on 59 officers which included 13 from BSNL and 11 from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

It also executed exoneration/closure proceedings in 1,791 cases as compared to 418 cases where vigilance clearances were granted.

In its performance report for the month of November alone, the Commission settled 294 cases referred to it for advice and recovered Rs 5.61 crore as fine.

The Commission during the month of November also sent 477 complaints for necessary action.
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