High-power panel to review fresh corruption cases today

Jammu: A high-power committee  formed by the government to remove “deadwood” and “corrupt officials” from the administration has received four fresh cases in 2014 which will be reviewed on Friday, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said .
Replying  to a question by CPI (M) MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, in the Legislative Assembly, Omar  said that there will be no delay in weeding out “deadwood” from the administration.
“At present, four cases are before the high-power committee, which will  be reviewed in a meeting on February 21, 2014,” Chief Minister said.
However, he did not name any officials involved in these four cases.
The committee was reconstituted by the government on May 16, 2011, to identify the deadwood, corrupt officers in the state,  review their cases and make recommendations before the government.
The Committee has so far met thrice— on January 17, 25 and 27  in 2012— and recommended the government prematurely  retire 13 government officials including head masters; technicians; linemen, junior assistants and executive engineers of different government departments.
Omar  also said that 238 corruption cases involving  officers and politicians are pending before the State Vigilance Organization (SVO), State Accountability Commission (SAC) and Crime Branch up to January 30, 2014.
Out of these , 172 cases are pending before SVO since 2011 and eight cases are pending before SAC and 58 cases before Crime Branch.