Rajasthan’s additional director general of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Dinesh MN will be at the helm of affairs in the anti-corruption agency on a temporary basis as director-general Alok Tripathi retired on September 30. Alok Tripathi superannuated after serving 54 months as the DGP.
The state government will appoint a new DGP for ACB by October 15. Till then Dinesh MN will head the department.
The most obvious choice for the vacant position will be either Dinesh MN or Saurabh Srivastava. However, some other officers are also in the fray for the coveted post.
Dinesh MN discharged from fake encounter case
Dinesh MN was an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005 by the Gujarat police. Gujarat police had claimed that Sheikh had a link with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET). Later, Dinesh, along with other senior cops, was discharged by the trial court for the lack of evidence.
Delay in govt sanction for prosecution
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, while reviewing the working of the ACB, found that the permission for prosecutions became a bottleneck in many cases. Gehlot, who also holds the home portfolio, had admitted that the delay in granting permission for prosecution weaken the case.
A large number of corrupt officials held by the ACB get relief because of the delay. Influential officers, who are trapped by the ACB, do not get punishment in the court due to delay in the prosecution against them.
Prosecution permission awaited against 196 corrupt employees
According to the ACB, the prosecution of 196 corrupt employees trapped by the agency is awaiting permission from the state government. In many cases, the IAS, IPS and RAS officers are trapped by ACB in corruption cases. Their files are awaiting clearance at the personnel department.
A woman IAS officer, Nirmala Meena, who was posted as a district supply officer in Jodhpur, was trapped by the ACB, but the state government has not granted the permission to prosecute her.
Similarly, the prosecution approval in the case of a RAS officer Vijay Singh Nahata is also awaited.
Almost all the departments have cases where officials were trapped accepting bribes, but they could not be prosecuted. In a large number of cases, the arrested officials get bails and are allowed to join duties. Such officials retire without getting punished.
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