New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission has advised imposition of penalty and criminal proceedings against 4,171 employees for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Giving a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy said the CVC has advised imposition of penalty in a total of 4,171 cases-- 3,144 in first stage and 1,027 in second stage-- of alleged corruption last year.

CVC is consulted at two stages, viz, for the first stage advice as to whether evidence collected during the preliminary inquiry merits either a major or a minor penalty in disciplinary proceedings. After conclusion of the inquiry, the case records are again referred to the CVC for the second stage advice on the basis of charges held to be partly or fully proved or not proved.

In 2010, the Commission has dealt with 4,604 cases of alleged corruption against government servants.
"During 2010 and 2011, the Commission has tendered its first stage advice in 3,424 and 3,144 cases respectively," the Minister said.
He said the Commission has tendered its second stage advice in 1,180 and 1,027 cases respectively in 2010 and 2011.