Action against Corruption: 132 Officers on the radar of Punjab's Vigilance Bureau

Vigilance wrote a letter to all the Heads of Departments (HODs) asking them to immediately sanction action orders against the corrupt officers.

Action against Corruption: 132 Officers on the radar of Punjab's Vigilance Bureau -
In 132 cases of corruption in Punjab, the Vigilance Bureau is getting ready to take action against corrupt officers, including IAS officers. Vigilance has written a letter to all the Heads of Departments (HODs) asking them to immediately sanction action orders against the corrupt officers. The Chief Secretary of the State has also been informed by the Chief of the Bureau. The Chief Secretary's office then asked for permission from the heads of the departments. Once approved, the process will be started. In 72 cases across multiple departments, Vigilance is now waiting for approval for taking action against corrupt officers.

According to sources, there are top officers of various departments, including IAS, under the purview of Vigilance's investigation. During the investigation against them, evidence of corruption and misconduct has been discovered. Based on this, action will be taken on the respective officers.

If an IAS official is found to be involved in allegations of corruption, misappropriation of public funds, or operating in violation of government regulations, the Vigilance Bureau firstly must obtain permission from the state government to do the investigation. An FIR or an arrest against an IAS officer cannot be made by the Bureau directly. To initiate action against the concerned officer, permission from the head of that department is also required.

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The Vigilance Bureau has also sought permission from the government to investigate the role of three former IAS officers in the Irrigation scam. The Vigilance Bureau has sent a proforma to the Chief Secretary's office in this regard. These officers have retired. According to the regulations, the government's approval is required before any action is taken against an IAS officer after four years of retirement.

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