th Lecture

Anti corruption mechanism in India ,

Anti corruption mechanism in India

Shri RK Dutta

July 22, 2017


As per Transparency International (TI), India ranks 79 in its Corruption Perception Index for the year 2016. According to José Ugaz, the Chair of TI , "In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity."

The interplay of corruption and inequality also feeds populism. When traditional politicians fail to tackle corruption, people grow cynical. Increasingly, people are turning to populist leaders who promise to break the cycle of corruption and privilege. Yet this is likely to exacerbate – rather than resolve – the tensions that fed the populist surge in the first place.

There are three types of corruption that we need to address:

  • Collaborative Corruption (between rich & the powerful, both are benefited and the nation loses)
  • Coercive Corruption (between the government and the people, it's unequal power and people loses)
  • Corruption between private individuals/ companies (public loses)

Key Questions:

According to Huffngton Post Karnataka is considered as one of the most corrupted states in India. Can this perception be changed?

  • India has been ranked low for years despite of anti-corruption mechanism in place. Why so? How does it affect governance?
  • What needs to be done to make anti-corruption mechanism more robust?
  • An honest citizen is most vulnerable. What can be done to empower him?


Shri Rupak Kumar Dutta, an IPS Offcer of 1981 Batch (Karnataka Cadre) is currently the Chief Director General and Inspector General of police. Prior to this he was a Special Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi. Earlier he held the post of Additional Director in CBI looking after Anti-Corruption (HQ) Zones in Patna, Hyderabad & Chennai.

Shri Dutta has earlier held several important positions in Anti-Corruption, Training, MDMA & other Divisions in CBI from 1988 to 1996. From 2000 to 2006 he was the Joint Director, DIG and SP. He has been associated with the investigations of several sensitive cases, including those entrusted to CBI by the Supreme Court and High Courts.

Shri Dutta has held various positions in Karnataka, as Superintendent of Police, DIGP, IGP etc. He served as an Additional Director General of Police and as ADGP in Karnataka Lokayukta. Before joining the CBI, he was the Director General of Police, CID, and Special Units & Economic Offence in Karnataka. He did his B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and M.B.A from Swinburne University, Australia.