|Q1. What are the steps take by the Vigilance department to minimize corruption? |
|The steps taken by Directorate of Vigilance/ Anti corruption Branch to minimize corruption are as follows:- |
• To conduct raids on specific complaints to trap red handed corrupt officials and touts taking bribe. Whenever a complainant approaches ACB with a complaint of demand of bribe by any Govt. Official, a team comprising officials of ACB along with a panch witness, after following a prescribed legal procedure, lays trap upon the alleged officials to catch him red handed while accepting bribe. If the raid/ trap materializes, a case under relevant sections of POC Act is registered against the tainted official. On completion of investigation, the official is prosecuted in the Special court, designated for P.O.C. act cases.
• To mount surveillance upon suspect officials and public dealing corruption prone departments.
• To conduct enquiry into complaints against Government/Public servants and recommend registration of cases under P.O.C. act, if findings so warrant.
• To recommend / initiate departmental action and registration of cases under P.O.C. Act against delinquent officials, on the basis of findings of enquiries
• To study problems of systemic corruption and suggest measures to control such systemic corruption.
The Anti Corruption Branch mounts surveillance on the basis of specific or general information against a specific employee or a public dealing department. Electronic gadgets like hidden camera are being frequently used for the purpose.
The Anti Corruption Branch conducts enquiry into complaints received from various sources like public, media, NGOs and Directorate of Vigilance. Each complaint is examined in order to ascertain whether it requires action by the Anti Corruption branch or should be referred to the departmental authorities concerned for taking action at their end. The complaints regarding corrupt activities by the Govt. officials are thoroughly enquired into and where allegations of corruption are substantiated a case under POC Act 1988 is is recommended to be registered against the alleged official and investigated. In those matters where during the enquiry only administrative lapses are substantiated, this branch recommends for regular departmental action against the alleged officials. Those complaints, which do not contain any specific allegation or are general in nature or related with only administrative matters, are referred to concerned deptt. for necessary action.
|Q2. How does the vigilance department Create awareness against corruption? |
|To create awareness amongst public against corruption, the departments of Govt. of Delhi observes vigilance awareness week every year. The dates of Vigilance Awareness Week are decided by the C.V.C. People are encouraged to come forward with their grievances. In the last Vigilance awareness week, the following actions were taken: |
a) An advertisement was issued by DOV in all leading Newspapers in Delhi, inviting public to contact ACB, in case any government official demands bribe
b) A large number of leaflets containing message and important telephone numbers were got printed and sufficient number of leaflets were sent to CVOs / HODs for displaying those at notice boards and the vantage points in their office for public awareness. We received several telephone calls giving information which were suitable responded.
c) Sufficient number of banners were got prepared and displayed at different prime locations / public dealing departments.
d) Posters were pasted on the walls of main entrance and exit of offices in the vicinity of Old Secretariat.
e) Telephone numbers, E-mail I.D., Post Box No. of ACB have been communicated to all HOD for display on their notice board. Most of the departments have displayed telephone numbers of ACB advising public to contact these numbers in case any official demands bribe.
|Q3. How does the department identify corrupt government officials? |
|To identify the corrupt Govt. officials we take recourse to discreet watch, surveillance, source information and complaints received from various sources, some times even anonymous and pseudonymous complaints having specific information. This is followed by surveillance or specific enquiries. |
|Q4. What type of surveillance is done over departments? |
|When we receive some information regarding corrupt practices prevalent in some Govt. deptt. or against any particular officials, we mount surveillance over their activities to collect the evidences to link the suspect with the crime. Surveillance is mounted discreetly. For that we visit the office of the alleged official and watch his /her conduct secretly. We also talk casually with the staff, public and those persons whose presence in that office seems dubious without disclosing our identity. After collecting sufficient evidences, which could crystallize the information a report is prepared and further action is initiated. |
|Q5. How long does it take to present the case in criminal court and what is the procedure followed for that? |
|After the registration of case under POC Act this unit collects all the relevant evidences like Forensic Science Lab. Report, prosecution sanction, statements of witnesses against the delinquent official and after obtaining the legal opinion of Prosecution Deptt. , the accused official is charge sheeted for judicial verdict. There is no prescribed time frame for the finalization of investigation of the case but it depends on the nature of delinquency, availability of related records from the concerned department and cooperation of witnesses. A red-handed trap case can be finalized in three months if prosecution sanction received in time. Investigation in corruption cases takes much longer. |
|Q6. If a citizen wants to lodge a complaint against the corrupt government officials, what is the procedure? |
|Complaint against the corrupt Govt. officials may be sent through post / fax / by hand or complaint may also be lodged through our e-mail address. (Our E-mail ID is firstname.lastname@example.org) |
|Q7. The lawyers needed to deal the cases of vigilance department are a appointed from outside or they are employees of the department ? |
|The Public Prosecutors who present the Anti corruption cases in Hon’ble courts during trial are working under Dte. of Prosecution which is an independent department of Delhi Govt.Even in Hon’ble High Court our cases are presented by the Government Standing Counsel, who also function independently |
|Q8. How does CBI supports vigilance department in solving the corruption cases? |
|CBI imparts training to our officers for cases of corruption and disproportionate assets. This training is imparted at CBI Academy, Ghaziabad (U.P.) after regular intervals. 21 officers of this Branch have been trained in 2006. Besides that as and when this branch needs any assistance from CBI, they extend all possible help during investigations of cases. |
|Q9. The vigilance department generally deals with the big corruption cases. How does the department help the citizens who face corruption at every step of their daily life? |
|Vigilance Department not only deals with corruption cases of big magnitude but it also frequently takes action against those officials who are working at the cutting edge level like subordinate police officer, junior level engineers, clerks and touts etc. We have extended relief to the common man by arresting touts operating in various public-dealing departments, particularly, Transport authorities and revenue departments. As a result we have registered 11 cases against touts which include 08 cases in transport authorities, 2 cases in Revenue deptt., and one case in education deptt. Besides we have arrested 04 Gazetted and 61 Non- Gazetted officers ( mostly lower ranks at cutting edge level) in red handed trap cases in the year 2006. |
|Q10. How does the vigilance department deals with the cases of corruption in their own department? |
|While posting the officers in Vigilance/ Anti Corruption Branch, care should be taken to short list only those officers who have unblemished service record. Secondly, supervisory officers maintain strict vigil over the activities of the staff working in Anti Corruption Branch. Crosschecks are randomly made of the reports of the Enquiry officers and investigating officers. Those officers whose activities are not above board are recommended to be immediately transferred out of this Branch. |