Maximum corrupt officials in Pune division, says ACB report

'Figure for last year crosses 100, the highest in last 50 years'

The Pune division has the most corrupt officials in the state, according to a report prepared by the anti-corruption bureau. The figure for last year was 104 the highest ever recorded in the last 50 years in the division. The division comprising Pune, Satara, Solapur, Kolhapur and Sangli districts has had the highest number of traps laid by the anti-corruption bureau last year.

With the yearly report being forwarded to the state government, the anti-corruption bureau which looks into the five districts said this was the "highest ever" recorded number of corruption cases.

"Last year, for the 104 cases registered, we have been able to arrest 152 government officials responsible for graft and have been able to collect a trap amount of Rs 17.49 lakh. We have shared the same with the government,'' said Superintendent of Police (ACB) Sarang Awad after submitting the yearly report.

Though the figures before touched 80, this year the department has recorded a huge upward swing and the total crossed the 100 mark.

"This is a matter of concern. Corruption is very high in the government sector and the figures highlight the same,'' he added. Last year, Mumbai, Thane and Pune, in that order came across as the most corrupt cities in the state and this year according to the conviction rate of officials, Pune tops the charts with 40 per cent conviction as against Mumbai's 20 per cent and Amravati and Nanded's 27 per cent.

An assessment of the conviction cases last year saw Mumbai division at 20 per cent, Thane and Nashik divisions at 15 per cent, Nagpur division at 18 per cent, Amravati division at 27 per cent, Aurangabad division at 28 per cent and Nanded division at 27 per cent which makes Pune to lead with 40 per cent conviction. "Of the total 90 cases which were up for hearing, 36 were convicted and 54 were acquitted,'' said an official. Last year, government officials convicted for graft in the state were 118, 376 were acquitted of the total 494 cases which make up the total percentage of 24 per cent. "The division is ahead of the state's conviction rate as well,'' added the official.

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