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New list of `corrupt elements' in MCD

By Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI, FEB. 24. Alarm bells are ringing for the "corrupt'' in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. And this time round, the law of the land could catch up with some members of the Delhi Assembly as well. Turning on the heat, investigating agencies are understood to have finalised a new list of "corrupt elements'' that includes legislators, Councillors and officers.

According to highly placed sources here, a new "agreed list'' has been drawn up for launching another round of crackdown on the corrupt. It is learnt that the "agreed list'' would be sent to the Lieutenant-Governor, B. L. Joshi, for approval before it is handed over to the country's premier investigating agency for action. Preliminary information reveals that four legislators, 15 councillors and ten officials figure in the list drawn up after detailed discussion with various departments and vigilance agencies.

Sources said the list could also include a number of contractors who have a nexus with officers or Councillors. It is alleged that a large number of Councillors and officers were working hand in glove at various levels, making money through illegal means. Connivance of contractors in the whole scenario is also of great significance.

"We have gathered some very sound evidence against some of those whose names figure in the agreed list. The matter will now be taken up at the highest level before action is taken against them. There will be no compromise on corruption as stated by Mr. Joshi,'' a senior official remarked today.

What has really given impetus to the fight against corruption is the uncompromising stand of Mr. Joshi and his "go ahead" to the investigating agencies without holding on to the files for months together. On the other hand, it is probably the first time that some of the legislators have come under scrutiny of the investigating agencies. It is learnt that the legislators are being probed for their links with the land and building mafia in their respective areas. Complaints have been pouring in suggesting that some legislators were actively conniving with the builder mafia and indulging in illegal activities violating all rules and regulations.

Explaining the concept of "agreed list'', sources informed that it is compiled from the list of complaints that are received by various agencies, departments and other sources. All the heads of departments, the Chief Vigilance Officer, representatives of the Anti-Corruption Wing and the Central Bureau of Investigations along with the head of the organisation concerned sit together and scrutinise the list of names supplied to them. The list of names on which all those present during the meeting "agree" is called the "agreed list'' and this is then sent to the Lieutenant-Governor for approval.

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