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As reported at deccanchronicle.com on Jul 28 2010

 

July 27: Several of the 106 BBMP, BDA, police and KPTCL officers caught by the Lokayukta for corruption over the last four years are back at work in various postings and are drawing their salary as usual as the cases against them have still not gone to trial.

 

According to information obtained by Deccan Chronicle through the Right To Information (RTI) Act, the Lokayukta raided and trapped 54 police officers, 35 BBMP officials, 12 KPTCL and five BDA officers in various acts of corruption over the last four years. In the years since at least one officer has died, some officers have retired and others are back on duty. Many of these cases are likely to come up for trial only a year from now as there is a backlog to deal with, according to sources.

 

When contacted Lokayukta Justice N. Santhosh Hegde said he was afraid many of the officers could escape conviction given the delay in bringing their cases to trial. Witnesses could turn hostile in the years between, according to him.

 

He also warned that if tainted officers were not punished despite the raids, the fear factor would fade away with time. Asked if the Lokayukta had requested the government to expedite the investigation into the cases against the officers concerned and their trials, Justice Hegde said this sort of a situation was not exclusive to Karnataka, but was common all over the country.

 

The state government had, however, assured that pending trial, the officials would not be posted to the same positions they were holding when raided, he added.

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