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    Prosecution fiasco! 90 pc accused in corruption cases go scot-free in JK


    Prosecution fiasco!

    90 pc accused in corruption cases go scot-free in JK

    NL Correspondent

    SRINAGAR: Around 90 percent accused in corruption cases have been ‘acquitted' while only 10 percent have been ‘convicted' by courts in the last 15-years in the state.

    This has been stated in a recent report compiled by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) that was released by the organization on last Saturday.

    Since 2000, 1042 people's trail in corruption cases was completed of which 935 were “acquitted” and only 105 were “convicted” by courts in and Kashmir, the CHRI report reveals.

    The average conviction rate of accused in corruption cases is around 30 percent in which is far higher than J&K despite it being ranked one among the top corrupt states in India. The Corruption (an NGO fighting against corruption) has ranked J&K among alarming corrupt states in India.

    In India, the CHRI report states that trials involving 43,394 individuals accused in corruption cases were completed in the last 15-years in India. “Of which 29591 which comprises of 68.19 of the accused were acquitted while only 13,803 people were found guilty by courts,” the report reads.

    CHRI has been analysing datasets relating to the offence of corruption after receiving information from various government sources.

    The registration of corruption cases constitutes less than 1 percent of crimes that take place in J&K. The data reveals that 3,66,332 total cases were registered in the state of which 1042 were corruption related cases.

    An official of the State Vigilance Organization, said courts have been giving their verdict based on the enquiry reports submit by anti-graft bodies in the state. “The SVO has not performed its role properly as it has remained headless for years in the past. The respective governments have also failed to strengthen it for the last one decade. We have insufficient manpower and shortage of investigating officers for investigation of corruption related cases,” the official said, who wished not to be quoted by name as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

    The government enacted the Jammu Kashmir State Vigilance Commission 2011 and its mandate was to enquire or cause inquiries to be conducted into offences alleged to have been committed under the prevention of corruption act by public servants, corporations established in the state.

    An official of the commission, said the SVC has sent hundreds of queries related to corruption to various department, but there has been poor response from them to respond to these queries. “The delay in responding to the queries by departments goes sometimes in favour of accused,” the official said.

    The State Accountability Commission was constituted in 2003 under provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act, 2002 and had powers to inquire into the grievances and allegations against public functionaries including chief minister, cabinet ministers, legislators and bureaucrats. But the state government amended the Act in 2011 and restricted the jurisdiction of the SAC to investigating cases of corruption against political executive and excluded bureaucrats in its jurisdiction.

    But, its chairpersons and members have always expressed their displeasure over government's intervention in its functioning resulting it has failed to bear any positive results over the years.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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