Anti-graft team briefs CM: 4,000 complaints against govt officials

The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government has brought to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's notice that at least 4,000 complaints are pending against senior officials of different government departments.

These include officials from the municipal corporations, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Jal Board, Revenue, Forest and Transport departments, who reportedly misused their positions.

Faced with a shortage of staff to investigate the cases, the ACB told Newsline that it had forwarded these complaints to the Chief Vigilance Officers of each of these departments.

"The Chief Vigilance Officers of the departments were asked to investigate the complaints registered against their officers, since we were short staffed. However, all these complaints are pending. No action has been taken against any of the officials," a source in ACB said.

According to ACB sources, the officials against whom the complaints were filed included principal secretaries, DJB officials, ACB inspectors, scientists, engineers and Delhi Police officers.

The matter was brought to the CM's notice during a recent meeting. Sources said Kejriwal has assured them that these cases will be investigated once the staff strength of the ACB has been restored.

Souces said all complaints were serious. "While an officer has been accused of taking bribes, a principal secretary has been charged with misusing his powers to force an SDM to do his work. An ACB inspector has been accused of asking for a bribe" the source said.

Jal Board suspends 2 for taking bribes, 800 others transferred

Two days after the Delhi Jal Board formed a task force to monitor its tanker services across the city, the water utility sent "strong signals" down its ranks by suspending two of its officials on Monday and issuing transfer orders for 800 other employees.

A chief water analyst of the DJB and a meter reader were suspended "with immediate effect" after a sting operation, aired on television, caught them taking bribes, a DJB spokesperson said. An inquiry against the two has also been initiated by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government, the official said.

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