Chandigarh, October 19
The Vigilance Bureau has sought the intervention of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in taking the corruption cases registered by them recently to their logical conclusion. WB officials have accused various departments of not approving prosecutorial sanctions for employees arrested by it for bribery.
Officials led by Varinder Kumar, director-general of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau, summoned the chief minister on Wednesday morning.
Also present there was Manmohan Sharma, AIG, on whose complaint former minister Sunder Sham Arora was arrested for offering bribe to the former.
This issue was discussed at the meeting, during which it was pointed out that the departments do not issue prosecution sanctions for employees caught accepting bribes.
Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua also attended the meeting. It may be noted that as part of the Aam Aadmi Party government’s anti-corruption drive, officials from the Forest, Revenue, Rural Development, Education and Food and Procurement departments have been accused of corruption. However, securing sanctions against them remained a challenge.
It is learned that the Prime Minister has taken serious notice of this issue and has asked the Chief Secretary to immediately call a meeting of the administrative secretaries and give them directions for awarding sanctions.
The meeting is scheduled for Friday. WB was also reportedly looking for additional staff.