Thursday, November 18, 2010

Top 'connections' save tainted babu

In an inexplicable show of alacrity that you don't associate the bureaucracy with, 11 signatures, including those of Delhi's lieutenant-governor (LG) and chief secretary, were obtained on one day to revoke the suspension of an official being probed in a corruption case. The speed with which the file moved across desks and buildings a day before the tainted official's superannuation date (July 31 this year), to allow him to retire honourably with all his service benefits in place, has taken Delhi government insiders by surprise. P. N. Jha, deputy director in the social welfare department of the Delhi government, and ten others had been arrested in a Rs 10-crore procurement scam, involving homes for destitute children in July this year, nearly two years after
investigations began in the case, which relates to the 2005-06 financial year. Insiders aware of the case allege that though the case was filed for only one financial year, the department has been mired in corruption for the last ten years.

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