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Anti-Corruption Bureau: How it functions and how you can file bribe, corruption complaint
"The problem of corruption is overwhelming and it cannot be curbed with a one shot solution. Preventive measures and strengthening grievance redressal system will be effective in reducing corruption," says Dr Pradnya Saravade (IPS), the Additional Director General of Police for Administration in Maharashtra. She was speaking at the valedictory session under the "Police & You" series.
 
Moneylife Foundation with Police Reforms Watch and support from Saraswat Bank have had launched the 12-week program (every Wednesday) that aimed to spread knowledge about protecting yourself, your rights, the Indian Penal Code (IPC), cybercrime and economic offences. This was the last session in this series.
 

Dr Saravade, who during her long career had handled everything from traffic, to human trafficking and crime to cybercrime, says, "At CIDCO, we took some measures to reduce the rampant corruption. This includes making processes simple, fixing timelines for delivery, creating a vigilance website that was used to publish verified complaints by masking names of complainant and giving an exit option to the accused. We also focussed on supply side corruption by signing an integrity pact with Transparency International and made it a part of tenders and other processes. On demand side, we focussed on education and preventive measures."
 
The final session of the 12-week series on "The Police & You- Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB): Learn how it functions" was conducted Dr Saravade and Mr Vilas Tupe, former Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACOP) and two-time President's police medal awardee. Both the speakers provided guidance on functioning of ACB and how citizens can report bribe demand and corruption cases to the Bureau.  
 
Mr Tupe, who spent almost 10 years in the ACB in different capacities, informed the audience about government departments in Maharashtra that have maximum numbers of corruption complaints. According to the data from the ACB, in the state, Revenues, Land Survey, Registration, Home (Police) and Rural Development department are the top five in terms of corruption.
 
"Corruption acts as a stumbling block in the path of development and affects the image of the country adversely. Corruption also arises due to unnecessary procedural formalities. A public servant is said to commit an offence of criminal misconduct in the discharge of his duty if he, by corrupt illegal means, or by otherwise abusing his position as a public servant, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage," he said.
 
The former ACP also explained various sections of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, along with what is considered as offence and the penalties stated in the law for it.
 

He explicitly cited three things followed by the ACB, laying a trap and catching the accused red-handed while accepting the bribe, cases under the disproportionate assets and criminal misconduct by a public servant. "Laying a trap is the most effective way of catching an offender in the very act of commission of the crime. It no doubt is a dramatic and thrilling operation. Laying of trap therefore is one of the steps in investigation, and it has the approval of the courts as convictions in trap cases have been repeatedly confirmed up to the Supreme Court," Mr Tupe said, while citing several traps he laid to caught the accused. 
 
As per the law, criminal misconduct by a public servant, who habitually accepts gratification, dishonestly misappropriates public property, illegally obtains advantage of  his position, abuses his position as a public servant, or has property disproportionate to his known source of income is punishable with imprisonment up to 10 years.   
 
According to the former ACP, the offence of disproportionate assets is the nightmare of corrupt public servant whose love of filthy lucre deeply affects public. "Buildings and bridges that collapse, licences and permits, which are issued against the rules and often result in outflow of crores of rupees worth foreign exchange, purchases made at exorbitant costs, public sector undertakings that run at huge losses, contracts that are entered into at unduly high costs to the government, people dying due to adulteration of food and drugs, criminals who thrive unchecked; in all these the corrupt public servant has a large role to play," he added.
 
Section 13(1)(d) of PC Act deals with cased related with disproportionate assets, especially of public servants. Mr Tupe informed the audience that if the information about such assets is provided by any citizen, then the ACB give cash rewards to the informants.
 
Mr Tupe said, the common citizens, who face such instanced of demand of bribe from a public servant, need to come forward and report it to the ACB. The Bureau has a toll free telephone number 1800 22 2021, a WhatsApp number +91-9930997700 and email ID acbwebmail@mahapolice.gov.in , where citizens can report corruption cases, he added.
 
 
The event was held in the well-appointed auditorium of Saraswat Bank headquarters, Eknath Thakur Bhavan. Sucheta Dalal, Founder-Trustee of Moneylife Foundation made a special mention about the support received by Mr Thakur, Ms Kavita Bendre and the entire team, including security, housekeeping and reception of Saraswat Bank. She said, "Each one of us has been struck by the unfailing politeness, help and smiling faces of every one we have dealt with at Saraswat Bank starting from the security officers at the entrance."
 
Ms Dalal also mentioned help provided by Dr Saravade and Nandkumar Saravade (IPS), the Officer on Special Duty (OSD), who heads the new IT subsidiary of  Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in helping Moneylife Foundation to connect with the most upright, knowledgeable and well-regarded speakers from the police department. 

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Abhijit Gosavi

5 months ago

The harassment of people by police has not abated. While the middle class (and the rich) folks may not think much of this, and may be accept it as a part of life, life becomes very difficult for the poor when these cops demand "haftas" from them. Unless and until the poor break away from the cycle of poverty, India is not likely to emerge as a strong economy. For years, there were no opportunities for the poor, but that has changed now. When the poor break out of that circle, a lot of good should follow, including strong metrics for business and GDP. Not saying police are perfect anywhere, but in developed nations, it is very rare to have to complain about a cop taking a bribe.

QNet: Michael Ferreira, Magaral Balaji and Malcolm Desai surrender before special court
Following orders from the Bombay High Court, former world champion of billiards Michael Ferreira, and two others on Friday surrendered before a Special Court in the multi-crore QNet scam. On Tuesday, the HC had asked five prime accused to as per the directions passed by the Supreme Court in the QNet scam case. 
 
Ferreira along with Magaral Veervalli Balaji, director of Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd and Malcolm Nozer Desai, who is a 20% stakeholder in Vihaan, surrendered before the Special Court and were remanded to custody of Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police. Ferreira owns 80% stake in Vihaan, which is franchisee of QNet. 
 
Other prime accused include, Srinivas Rao Vanka, director of Vihaan and Suresh Thimiri, director of Transview Enterprises India Pvt Ltd. All the prime accused had approached the Bombay HC seeking to quash the first information report (FIR) filed by Gurupreet Singh Anand as well as a stay on coercive action against them by the authorities. 
 
 A division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka, while refusing to grant any relief, asked the five to surrender before authorities as per directions from the apex court. 
 
Last week, the Supreme Court, while accepting Maharashtra's standing council Nishant Khatneshwarkar's argument that the accused have failed to join the investigation and the charges are serious, had directed the five to surrender within a week.
 
Earlier in May, the Bombay High Court had also rejected bail plea of these five associates of QNet. While rejecting anticipatory bail applications of five accused the HC had observed that "the deceit and fraud is camouflaged under the name of e-marketing and business". This scheme is undoubtedly a multi-level marketing (MLM) activity and a pyramid structure of such scheme is prepared so that the members are promised to get money on purchase and sale of products, the Court had said.
 
Gurupreet Singh Anand, a computer consultant from Lokhandawala, Andheri in his first information report (FIR) stated that his wife was duped for Rs30,000 by some people who had introduced themselves as the independent representatives (IRs) of QNet.
 

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akhil renjith

4 months ago

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PRITHVI RAJA

5 months ago

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Cognizant probes graft charges as senior executive quits
US-based software major Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation on Friday announced an internal investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act into certain payments made to facilities in India.
 
The probe led the company to appoint its IT Services Chief Executive Rajeev Mehta on September 28 as its President, a day after incumbent Gordon Coburn resigned on September 27.
 
"The investigation is being conducted under the oversight of the audit committee and is focused on a small number of company-owned facilities," Cognizant said in a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
 
The company has notified the Justice Department and the SEC and is cooperating with both agencies.
 
"The internal investigation is in its early stages, and the company is not able to predict what, if any, action may be taken by the Justice Department, SEC or any governmental authority in connection with the investigation or the effect of the matter on the company's results, cash flows or financial position," it said in the filing.
 
Mehta, 49, who has been with the company since 1997, was Chief Executive of its IT Services since December 2013.
 
"For the past decade, Mehta has been responsible for leading our market-facing teams in delivering industry-leading growth. He has a deep understanding of new technologies and new delivery models and their potential to transform businesses," said Cognizant Chief Executive Officer Francisco D'Souza in a statement.
 
As Chief Executive of IT Services, Mehta was responsible for market-facing activities across the company. His prior roles include Group Chief Executive, Industries & Markets, where he led its industry vertical and geographic market operations on a global basis.
 
"I am honoured to assume this new role at an exciting time in Cognizant's history. Over the past year, we have designed and introduced a new operating model to support our strategic vision and growth," said Mehta in the statement.
 
Co-founded by Indian-origin Kumar Mahadeva and D'Souza two decades ago, the Nasdaq listed $12.4-billion IT major has its largest software development centres in Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
 
In its previous avatar, the company was an IT arm of Dun & Bradstreet Satyam Software in Chennai and was spun off as Cognizant Corporation in 1996 after it bought 24 per cent equity stake of Satyam for $3.4 million. Its headquarters was shifted to the US in 1997.
 
With about 100 development and delivery centres worldwide and 244,300 employees, Cognizant is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing firms globally.
 
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