New Delhi: Over 260 cases of corruption and sexual harassment were registered against Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel between 2001 and 2010.

According to an RTI reply, out of the total 223 cases of graft that came to light in the period, a highest of 56 were registered in 2008, followed by 52 in 2009, 49 in 2007 and 27 in last year.

Besides 16 cases were filed in 2006, ten were reported in 2005 and three in 2004. There was no case registered between 2001 and 2003, it said.

Thirty-eight cases of sexual harassment were registered during the period of ten years against CISF personnel out of which, a maximum of 13 were in 2008, 11 in 2007, six in 2009, four in 2010, two in 2006 and one each in 2004 and 2005, the RTI reply said.

Exercising his Right to Information, Ashwini Shrivastava had asked for information related to cases of corruption, human rights violation and sexual exploitation in seven central paramilitary forces and internal and external intelligence agencies RAW and IB.

In its reply, Assam Rifles said it has registered 39 cases related to alleged human rights violation and two cases of corruption in the past ten years.

National Security Guard (NSG) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force personnel witnessed no such cases. However, four other Central paramilitary forces -- Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Border Security Force (BSF) -- refused to make public the information.

Similarly, both RAW and IB refused to make public the information on cases related to human rights violation and corruption against their personnel.

CRPF is responsible for internal security, mainly anti-Naxal operations while BSF men are deployed along Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh border and SSB guards along Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan border. ITBP men are involved in securing Indo-China frontier and the NSG personnel are responsible for anti-terror and anti-hijack operations.