Strongly refuting media reports stating crash of hard disc of CVC portal and loss of data stored online about corrupt officials was lost or deleted, the Central Vigilance Commission has said that the news was “totally misleading and incorrect”.
A clarification issued by the CVC stated, “The Central Vigilance Commission has noticed that certain sections of the media have reported that the hard disc of the CVC portal has crashed and all data stored online till that date has been lost... The media reports stating that the data stored online about corrupt officials was lost or deleted is totally misleading and incorrect. The Commission would clarify that it has not lost any data of corrupt officers or any such information of matters relating to its Core Anti-Corruption activities and its vital functions.”
It further added, “With regard to its portal which handles complaints, the Commission was in the process of switching over from an older portal to one utilising cloud based server for some time since 2016. The new such online portal developed has been made operational since November 2016 and is fully functional for citizens/public to lodge complaint of corruption in respect of public servants to the commission. However, migration of earlier data from the physical server to a cloud based storage application is taking some more time and hence the status of action taken on earlier complaints is not available online at present.”
The anti-corruption watchdog stated, “The commission would like to further clarify that the complete data and related information of all actionable complaints is available in files and records with the commission.”
The media reports were based on a RTI application filed by a Mumbai-based whistleblower, HR Kosia, who has had sought an action taken report on his complaint. The watchdog denied him the information stating, “Due to technical problems in the working of Compliant Portal of the Commission, it was not possible to provide the action taken on your complaints at this stage.” Subsequently, Kosia filed an appeal with the appellate authority, which directed the CPIO to provide the information in two weeks. In a reply sent by the CPIO, it stated, “TCS system of the Commission is still not working. It is not possible to provide the action taken on your complaints at this stage.”
Kosia had the RTI application in 2013 alleging malpractice in the Textile Ministry.