Lucknow: At a time when the whole country has come out in support of Anna Hazare led anti-corruption movement, the Uttar Pradesh government on the other hand is said to have adopted a non-cooperative attitude towards the probe agencies.

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has sought permission for enquiry into 35 corruption cases filed against several government departments including Lucknow Development Authority (LDA), Kanpur Development Authority (KDA), health department and others in 2011. But the state government has granted permission for only 12 such cases so far.

According to sources, the rift between the government and investigating agencies seems to be widening. Coming down heavily on ACU in a high level meeting, the government has questioned the role of probing agency and warned them to work in consonance while keeping the state authorities informed about the details.

The government is mulling to review the jurisdiction of the ACU Director General besides bringing amendments in the Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Establishment Act, 1965, sources said.

Atul Kumar, Director General, ACU said “There is decline in the cases handled this year by ACU as compared to the last year.”  

According to the figures, there is a sheer decrease in the number of cases as compared to last year probed by the investigating agency. As many as 300 cases were scrutinized in 2010.

But on the other hand only 230 cases have been interrogated this year and the remaining 160 are still awaiting the government’s approval.

JPN/Bureau