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Babus under scanner for ‘shielding’ tainted officials

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SRINAGAR, Mar 13 (KINS): Bureaucrats in Jammu and Kashmir have come under the scanner for shielding tainted officials in the new Union Territory.

An official of the General Administration Department said the anti-graft bodies have recommended strict action against those officers who are trying to shield tainted officials.

“It has been found that officers in various departments are not acting on recommendations of investigating agencies instead resort to delaying tactics,” the official told Kashmir In-depth News Service (KINS).

Government as per official documents has told departments that it has been noticed that the guidelines and procedures to be adopted in departmental enquires are not being followed by departments which “defeats the very purpose” of an investigation by the investigating agencies.

“In some cases, it has been observed after receiving recommendations from the investigating agencies, the department instead of serving charge-sheet to the delinquent public servants choose to appoint enquiry officer or constitute enquiry committee of their level to decide the matter, which is unnecessary uncalled for and often seen as a delaying tactic to avoid the conclusion of departmental enquiries.

In many other cases, it has been observed that even after the conclusion of departmental proceedings, government orders are not issued,” the document reads.

The departments have also been directed they should monitor each departmental enquiry carefully to ensure its completion with three months and its outcome shared with the General Administration Department (Vigilance).

The investigating agencies Anti-Corruption Bureau or Crime Branch in many cases recommend department action against delinquent public servants pursuant to which the departments are required to initiate departmental proceedings in accordance with the rules.

Anti-graft bodies were working under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006, which has been replaced by Centre’s Prevention of Corruption Act as per the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019.

There are certain provisions under this new Act which empowers anti-graft bodies to fight with corruption in the new Union Territory.

“In order to influence public servant, by corrupt or illegal means, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than three years but may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine,” the Act reads. Under this Act, abatement by public servant of offenses shall be punishable with imprisonment not less than six months but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine. (KINS)

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