The landmark order passed by the Bombay High Court in 2009, in which it directed the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to investigate each and every case it receives in regards with corruption, went in vain due to ACB flouting the court’s guidelines.
According to an RTI reply, Mumbai region received 7,232 complaints regarding disproportionate assets of government officials and corruption in last 3.8 years, out of which, only in 671 cases an enquiry was ordered. Further, out of those cases which were enquired, only in 7 cases an FIR was registered.
The Bombay High Court, in its judgement, clearly directed the ACB to enquire each and every case instead of passing it to the department where the corruption has been alleged. But, according to the RTI reply, ACB ordered an enquiry in only 9 percent cases and the rest of the cases were either closed or sent back to the departments.
This also shows that ACB has acted no differently than the country’s Police in terms of lodging FIRs. Just like the police try hard not to register FIRs because, once registered, they would have to investigate the case, ACB, too, tried hard to minimize their investigation procedure by converting as less as 0.096 percent complaints into FIRs.
In its defense, the ACB has no one to pass the buck to, since the power of registering an FIR and closing the case vests with the Additional Commissioner of Police or Director General of the ACB.