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BSF officers with lavish lifestyle to be under scanner

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BSF officers who lead a "lavish" lifestyle or are members of costly clubs would be identified as "suspects" under a new drive initiated by the force

that guards sensitive Indian borders with and


A section of officials termed these criteria as "ridiculous".

The country's largest border guarding force regularly conducts a confidential exercise of identifying officials with suspicious credentials or for indulging in corrupt practices but some new parameters have recently been added for creating the inglorious list of shady personnel for 2017.

Sources said the latest move has come in the backdrop of the arrest of a (CO) by the CBI for his alleged nexus with smugglers while his posting along the Indo-Bangla border in

He was arrested by the central probe agency with Rs 45 lakh in cash as soon as he alighted a train in his hometown in

The new drive plan initiated by the force, also accessed by PTI, had asked all the field formations of the force -- especially those on the two borders-- to identify such officials and report back to the headquarters here.

Any who leads a lavish lifestyle, has amassed assets disproportionate to his income or is found to be the member of a costly club will be named in the "agreed list" of suspect officers, a said quoting the plan.

Also, those commanders or officers who "very often throw lavish parties" or are members of "very costly clubs" will be marked as suspects, he said.

Any who meets people, with whom he or she has dealings, at home or at a hotel will also be identified as that with doubtful credentials, the said.

"This is an exercise that is conducted normally to identify wrongdoers or to say black sheeps in the force. However, some pointers to identify suspects have been recently added.

"Some of it looks ridiculous as a corrupt officer may cover his tracks cleverly rather than throwing lavish parties or taking the membership of a costly club," another said.

The plan adds that these red flags are "only indicative" and not exhaustive triggers to identify a suspect officer in the over 2.5-lakh personnel strong paramilitary force.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 21:55 IST
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