Assam has seen a significant increase in corruption cases in 2022 compared to the two preceding years, as per the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released on Monday.
In the current year, the state registered 57 cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), marking a significant increase from the 16 cases reported in both 2020 and 2021. Nevertheless, almost 95 percent of the 57 cases were still awaiting resolution in the courts by the conclusion of the previous year.
Last year recorded 50 cases of entrapment, wherein law enforcement apprehended government officials in the act of accepting bribes. The remaining cases included four related to disproportionate assets and three involving criminal misconduct.
Overall, law enforcement arrested 58 individuals in these cases during the previous year, filing charge sheets against 45 of them. NCRB data shows that the authorities convicted two individuals, acquitted one person, and imposed significant sentences on two others among the accused. Interestingly, none of the accused faced dismissal or removal from service.
In terms of the police resolution of cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act and related IPC sections by Anti-Corruption, Vigilance, and Lokayukta, the data disclosed that 109 cases were still under investigation from the prior year.