Probe against corrupt persons risen than earlier in MP

"As compared to 1999-2003, the period when a total of 98 preliminary enquiries of corruption at an average of 20 per year were registered in the state for probe, a total of 254 preliminary enquiries at an average of 43 per year were registered during the period 2004-2009 for probe," bureau sources told PTI today.

"This proves that the efforts to nip corruption in its bud has gained momentum in the state," they said. Citing number of complaints registered by the Bureau, they said that while during 1999-2003, a total of 287 complaints at an average of 57 per year were registered, in 2004-09, a total of 1251 complaints at an average of 208 per year were registered in the state, the sources said.

Even, the number of cases sent for trial by competent courts were also doubled as compared to 1999-2003 period, they said. "As compared to 1999-2003, period when just a total of 107 criminal cases were registered in the state at an average of 21 cases per year, in the last two years only, 32 cases in 2008 and in 2009, 33 cases at an average of 32.5 per year were registered," they said.

Similarly, during the period 1999-2003, 318 complaints at an average of 63 per year were disposed of, while during the period 2004-2009, a total of 615 complaints at an average of 102 per year were disposed of, they said.

These figure will be more higher in the current year, the sources said. In order to create fear in the minds of people indulging in corruption, the Bureau in the year 2009 has raided premises of 50 officials and other persons against whom it has received complaints to send a strong message to the habitual offenders against the menace, the sources said.

During these raids, the Bureau has gathered solid evidence of disproportionate income worth over Rs 50 crore against them. "This was despite the fact that the Bureau is facing huge shortage of staff to carry out investigations as at present it has a total of just 130 personnels only of different ranks in the state," they said.

A proposal has been forwarded to the government to sanction 110 posts for the EOW and once the strength of the wing is doubled, it will fight corruption with more vigour, the sources added.

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