New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission is awaiting nod for over four months from various government departments to prosecute 45 officials allegedly involved in corruption.

Of the total 29 graft cases involving 45 officials, the highest of nine are from Ministry of Finance, four from Ministry of Railways, two each from Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, State Bank of India and one each from Defence Ministry, Government of National Capital territory of Delhi among others.

Besides, one case each related to Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dena Bank, Canara Bank, Industrial Development Bank of India, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Steel and Ministry of Home Affairs is awaiting sanction for prosecution for over four months, according to a CVC data updated till February.

As per norms, ministries concerned have to take decision to grant sanction for prosecution against an alleged corrupt official within four months.

Annoyed over inordinate delay, the CVC has recently issued a directive citing Supreme Court judgements to expedite cases pending permission to prosecute a corrupt government official and told all ministries/departments to adhere to the Commission and apex court's guidelines in "letter and spirit".

"The delay in giving sanction for prosecution act as a hindrance in processing a case of corruption against accused official. The latest (Supreme Court) directive would help in expediting the graft cases," a CVC official said.