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Houston Immune From Suit Over Police Crash; Not So for Galveston

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June 30, 2022, 6:09 PM

A Houston police officer won’t face a lawsuit for injuring two people in a car accident as he was responding to an emergency call because he was able to prove his actions merited the risk, a Texas appeals court said Thursday.

The officer, identified only as T. Lindsey, assessed the risks of speeding on his way to answer a priority call to a traffic stop where three suspects were at gunpoint, the Texas Court of Appeals, First District said.

Lindsey was driving 80 miles per hour on a highway with his emergency lights and siren engaged on a clear Saturday …


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DPWI reiterates commitment to preventing corruption in public built projects

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The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has signed an anti-corruption pledge alongside independent statutory body the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), and seeks to solicit the commitment of infrastructure and construction sector players to also maintain good integrity and ethical standards.

The pledge, which forms part of multi-sectoral body the Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF), will be circulated to all built environment industry bodies.

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said during a signing ceremony held on June 30 that corruption was another pandemic in South Africa and called for every effort to be made to fight corruption. 

She added that the prevention and combatting of corruption requires education, behavioural change and a multi-pronged approach from all levels of society.

“Corruption is a societal problem and fighting it is everyone’s business,” De Lille asserted.

The IBACF was launched in May last year to foster collaboration among key role-players, including law enforcement agencies, construction sector regulators, civil society, government departments and the private sector to monitor infrastructure projects more effectively and put systems in place to detect and prevent corruption.

Particularly, the forum was a strategic intervention and investigation oversight body to mitigate the threat of corruption in the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) approved by Cabinet in May 2020, through detection and prevention systems.

The DPWI, together with the SIU, had brought various private and public sector representatives onboard the forum, including from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), the Council for the Built Environment and Business Unity South Africa, which have met several times since the launch of the IBACF.

These meetings have culminated in development of an IBACF implementation plan; a case assessment framework; a built environment code of conduct; a pledge against corruption; an online anti-corruption training course as part of the built environment’s academic curriculum; and discussions with stakeholders regarding the use of data analytics and data modelling to generate trend and predictive analysis reports.

These reports serve to inform the IBACF prevention, advisory and awareness initiatives. For example, these data analytics exercises help find loopholes in legislation that render it vulnerable to corrupt practices. It also points out where procurement controls can be improved in regulations.

The implementation plan is focused on preventing corruption through strategies that lower the likelihood of corruption occurring; real-time monitoring of corrupt activities and detecting such activities through whistle-blower initiatives and real-time audits; independent and speedy investigations; and implementing consequence management where there is evidence of wrongdoing.

In turn, the case assessment framework has been developed to regulate how the reported allegations of corruption in the built environment will be handled. It deals with the roles and functions of the IBACF steering committee, receipt and registration of cases and assessment and referral of cases.

De Lille highlighted the other work the SIU had done for the DPWI in fighting corruption, including 6 978 investigations having been conducted under Presidential proclamations. Of these cases, 6 623 have been finalised and 355 are still pending.

Out of 91 disciplinary referrals to the DPWI, 86 cases have been finalised and five remain pending.

The sanctions for finalised cases range from dismissals, found not guilty, resigned before the hearings, death, or retired before finalisation of cases, final warnings and suspension without pay.

About 292 criminal referrals have been made to law enforcement agencies, relating to SIU corruption investigations. Of these, 18 have been finalised and 240 matters are before the NPA for consideration, while 23 cases were referred to the South African Revenue Services for further investigation. Six of these cases are still with the South African Police Service for investigation, and five cases are in court proceedings.

The SIU was in the process of recovering R1.3-billion worth of civil courts and tribunal claims, as of June 30.

SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi agreed with De Lille that too much money is being spent after corruption has taken place to establish commissions of inquiry, or efforts to repair damages to society and businesses.

He stressed that government could not fight corruption alone and implored the private sector, greater society and law enforcement agencies to make a concerted effort towards combatting corruption.

Mothibi noted the importance of consequence management. “If we are to deter and win the war against corruption, we have to ensure that those who are guilty suffer the consequences.”

Anti-Corruption Task Team chairperson and Hawks head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said the infrastructure sector was particularly vulnerable to corruption, and hence its prioritisation across various anti-corruption working groups.

He admitted that corruption was not always easy to detect and that it has been a constant challenge in South Africa.

Lebeya was, however, optimistic about the SIU and the Hawks’ average 90% conviction rate for its investigations since 2018.

In closing the signing ceremony, the speakers encouraged members of the public to report any alleged corruption or fraud on projects within the IIP to the SIU whistleblowing hotline – 0800 037 774 or by email to siu@whistleblowing.co.za.


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MP govt promotes SSP Pramod Kumar Manjhi to CBI’s DIG | Bhopal News

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BHOPAL: Government has promoted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pramod Kumar Manjhi to the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and posted him anti-corruption branch (ACB) Bhopal. He joined CBI as DSP in 1999.
Manjhi who was conferred President’ Police Medal for Meritorious Service, has to his credit several important cases and investigations including Mumbai bomb blast case and played major role in arresting terrorists like Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan alias Hamza and terrorist Tahir Mohammad alias Tahir Takla.
He was last posted at Bhuvneshwar and was shifted to Bhopal in February 2022. He led to important trap cases in Bhopal which included the arrest of CGST officers, senior railway officer at Itarsi and a garrison engineer of MES. Manjhi is a resident of Chaturbhuj Piprahi village in Madhubani, Bihar and graduated from Darbhanga.
Meanwhile, the CBI unit in Bhopal has filed chargesheet against the superintendent, CGST & central excise and his colleague who were arrested for demanding and accepting a bribe. Chargesheet was filed before the special court under various sections of the PC Act.
Case was registered against two superintendents of CGST & central excise, Arera Hills, on a complaint that they were demanding Rs 10 lakh from a complainant to “settle” a CGST case against his partnership firm. After negotiations, the officers allegedly agreed to accept a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant.
Superintendents Ankur Khandelwal and Chetan Saxena were named as accused in the complaint. A CBI team, led by deputy SP Atul Hajela, had laid a trap and arrested Khandelwal while allegedly accepting the bribes. Searches were also conducted at Bhopal premises of both the accused, which led to recovery of documents & articles.




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