Babudom cashing in on inflation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2017 10:19:45

By Dheeraj Fartode,

Anti-Corruption Bureau data shows sharp jump in bribe demand

Demand for corruption is increasingly getting linked to inflation. Higher the cost of living, more the ‘demand’. Gone are the days of someone asking for gratification in hard cash. A look at statistics of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) one tends to get a feeling that corrupt babudom seemed to have honed skills in reading the market better as their greed is increasing over the years.

The ACB Nagpur registered 135 cases against corrupt government officials in year 2016 and amount of whopping 33.87 lakh was seized during the traps.

In year 2015, ACB had booked 173 corrupt Government officials and total of trap amount was only Rs 17.73 lakh. It means though ACB cases registered a drop of 21.96 per cent in year 2016, however, the ‘trap money’ increased
by 91.03 per cent during the same year.

This increase of 91.03 per cent in ‘trap money’ has raised eyebrows of senior officials of ACB. While talking to The Hitavada, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) ACB, Nagpur Division, Sanjay Darade agreed that there is quite a jump in ‘trap money’. “The officials it seems are getting more greedy as the years passes by. In some cases, we have nabbed the officials for receiving money in lakhs,” said DCP Darade.

Another ACB official said that as ACB cases have decreased and demand money has increased means that the corrupt officials needs are keeping pace with inflationary trend. Many corrupt officials are investing their money in the properties and fancy goods. “After registering offence against corrupt official under Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB conducts inquiry to determine sources of income and their subsequent investment,” said DCP Darade.

After taking reins of ACB, DCP Sanjay Darade asked to officials to focus more on quality of cases than going in for quantity. Ultimately the charges needs to withstand scrutiny of courts and it not worth wasting time and energy and public money on petty monetary traps. It may be mentioned that the ACB came under controversy in year 2015 after ‘some traps’ were arranged just to attract limelight.