Corruption network traps IAS and IPS names – The New Indian Express


Three incidents have come to the public’s attention in Karnataka in the past week: the arrest of senior IPS officer Amrit Paul for his alleged involvement in a police recruitment scam, the arrest of IAS Manjunath J for corruption and the High Court judge revealing in open court a threat of transfer by the ADGP from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Judge HP Sandesh, who was overseeing the ACB cases, called the agency a “collection hub” and observed that “the whole state is mired in corruption.” It was an indictment that spared no public office. The ACB is responsible for vigilance in government departments and for gathering intelligence on bribery and corruption among public officials. But here is a case where the fence eats the crop and indicates something suspiciously rotten in Karnataka.

Corruption allegations against government officials are not uncommon, but they have come to light with surprising regularity since the BJP government took over. The Contractors Association blew the lid on probably the biggest scam after a contractor ended his life, alleging government officials were charging a 40% commission for approving contracts. The name of former minister and influential Kuruba leader KS Eshwarappa surfaced, forcing him to resign. The opposition hammers and pinches the BJP, appointing powerful leaders and ministers in the PSI recruitment scam. It’s to be seen where the mud finally sticks.

It is a sad trend that IAS and IPS officers are being put behind bars. Bureaucracy was once a sacred service and officers inspired young Indians to pursue careers in public service. In the case of Karnataka, Amrit Paul held the position of ADGP-Recruitment. Manjunath was Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban. As expected, the government suspended the officers. When institutions fall prey to the canker of dishonesty and the taint of compromise, it is heartening that judicial officers of integrity like Justice Sandesh swear to defend the independence of the judiciary at all costs. This is especially the case when even Supreme Court justices are not spared the finger of the accusation.

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