3 of 5 Police Inspectors transferred; 2 officers left to investigate 30 cases; Probes affected due to lack of investigation officers
PANJIM: The recent transfer of Police Inspectors by the Goa Police Department has left the State’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) with just two investigation officers.
ACB had a team of five investigating officers (Police Inspectors) who were dealing with around 50 cases but three Police Inspectors were recently transferred from the branch and no replacements sent.
ACB has booked over 50 cases since April 2012 against allegedly corrupt government officials, while till date 58 cases of corruption are being investigated. The investigation includes cases of officials trapped while accepting bribes, recruitment scam, corruption cases based on complaints etc.
Vigilance Director Sanjeev Gauns Desai said ACB has written to the government informing of the situation and the need for more Police Inspectors to handle the pending cases as well as routine functions.
As per ACB records, most cases of accepting bribes were booked from Goa Police Department and Transport Department. After these come Directorate of Municipal Administration and Directorate of Panchayat with five cases each, Goa Industrial Development Corporation with four cases and Department of Revenue and Housing Board Corporation with two each.
There were earlier instances where Directorate of Vigilance was at loggerheads with Goa Police over the transfers of ACB officers who were deputed by Goa Police.
The matter also reached the Chief Minister and following directions from him, the then Director of Vigilance had informed DGP Goa Police that, “the government has decided to convey to you that since Anti-Corruption Bureau is an independent entity under Directorate of Vigilance, the Police Head Quarters is not competent authority to requisition the services of any of the police officers once they are posted on transfer or an deputation to the Directorate of Vigilance, without prior consent and concurrence of the Vigilance Department”.