High profile politicians, bureaucrats among accused; Officers enjoy plum postings due to political blessings
PANJIM: There may be lakhs of cases waiting for a verdict in different courts for over 10 to 15 years now, but at the State Vigilance Department there are over 100 cases waiting for investigations to be completed for years now.
The State Vigilance Department has 128 cases pending, some of them since 2006, whereas the Anti-Corruption Branch has 62 pending. All these cases are of high profile officers and registered under General Vigilance Section.
While there are nearly 200 cases with the Vigilance, the speed of investigations seems to be very slow. Interestingly, many of these cases were registered way back in 2006 and shown as still pending.
Moreover, the officers who have been accused continue to enjoy plum postings due to political blessings even as cases are being investigated for decades.
When Herald posed this question to an ACB officer his answer was “please speak to the superiors we cannot comment”. However, efforts to contact Vigilance Director for his comments proved futile.
An officer, speaking to Herald on condition of anonymity, said, “Many times the officers are prematurely transferred which hampers investigations. Secondly, many times witnesses do not turn up for investigations or recording of statements.” Besides, he added, “The department is already facing shortage of officers.”
At the recent Assembly session, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a reply said that the delayed cases will be expedited. The reply said that in some cases the reports of voice samples from external agencies like CFSL Chandigarh are awaited. “The agencies will expedite the investigations and reports will be submitted soon,” the reply states.
In the meanwhile, the cases are of high profile officers and politicians like Opposition leader Babu Kavalekar, Margao Municipal Corporation Chief Officer Siddhivinayak Naik, former GCS officer Elvis Gomes, former DySP Shamba Sawant, GP Naik, Ramakant Borkar, ex-GPSC chairman Prakash Desai, Dy town planner Ashok Kumar, former GMA MD Dr AS Nazareth, PSI Sunil Gudlar, Sabaji Shetye, former DySP GP Mhapne, former EE, PWD, K Kamladini, then Director Mines Arvind Lolyekar, former director of Animal Husbandry Dr Benjamin Braganza, then Superintendent of Colvale Jail Melwyn Vaz, then MD GHB Damodar Shanke, Chief Engineer WRD ST Nadkarni, SV Naik then Administration Director GMC, Dashrath Redkar and Umeshchandra Joshi, await closure.
The list contains some major cases like the illegal mining scam.