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CVC Awaits Sanction to Prosecute 123 Govt. Officials for Corruption

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions under PM Modi has been delaying sanctions for more than a year in four such cases.

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The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has been awaiting sanction to prosecute 123 government officers from thirty-seven government departments or organisations including several central ministries, state governments and public sector banks, for over four months for their alleged involvement in corruption.

As per the latest data provided by the CVC, sanction for prosecution is pending in eight cases from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (MoPP&P), highest among ministries, which has been held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also MoPP&P has been delaying decision sanctions for more than a year in four other cases.

Among other ministries from which CVC is awaiting sanction include Defence, Railways, Shipping, Human Resource Development, Health and Family Welfare, and Labour and Employment ministries.

Of the total accused, 45 officers charged in 15 cases are from public sector banks including State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce.

While five cases are pending sanction from government of Uttar Pradesh, two cases are pending from Union Territories, and one case each from state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

One case each is pending sanction from Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Bureau of Investigation,stated CVC.

In seven cases involving 16 officials of MoPP&P, Corporation Bank, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Syndicate Bank, the CVC is said to have agreed with the departments or organisations that sanction for prosecution is not necessary. However, final action taken or decision is awaited in these cases.

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