Powers and Duties of its Officers & employees

 

Nature of  Enquiries/ Investigations

                            The directorate of Vigilance  and  Anti-Corruption undertakes enquiries/ investigations into complainants/information  about specific  acts of bribery or corruption and allied malpractices  in the exercise of official authority by  Public Servants  under the control of the State government and also employees  of  the Public Undertakings, Corporations set up by the State Government.  Usually, the first enquiry into a  complainant/ information is in the nature of a  Preliminary enquiry.  If  the  Preliminary Enquiry discloses  material which merits  an open probe, a Detailed enquiry is taken up.  If the material thrown up in a preliminary Enquiry or a Detailed enquiry makes out a prima facie  case for a criminal prosecution, a Regular Case is registered under Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and investigation  taken  up in terms  of relevant  provisions of the  Code  of Criminal Procedure 1973.  When specific  information is received that a particular  Public Servant is demanding money for discharge   of his official duty in a specified  instance, a case for an offence under the PC Act is registered as required under section 154 Cr. PC and a trap is organised to catch the accused red handed in the event of his obtaining illegal gratification.

Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption- Notified as  Police Station.

                          The Headquarters of the Directorate has been notified   as a Police Station with jurisdiction over the entire State and all Police Officers in the Directorate of and above the rank of Inspector of Police, have been notified to have the powers of an officer-in-charge of Police Station under Section 2  (s) of the code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Central Act 2 of   1974).  All Detachments of the Directorate have also been notified as Police Stations with jurisdiction throughout the limits of their respective Districts.  However, the Special Cell at Salem has jurisdiction throughout the State.        

 Powers  of Investigation  and arrest

                           The Deputy Superintendents  of Police of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption  are empowered  to investigate  any offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988  (Central Act 49 of 1988)  or  Section 161, Section 165 or Section 165-A of the Indian  Penal  Code or under  Sub- Section (2) of Section 5 of the Prevention  of Corruption Act, 1947 (Central Act  II of 1974), as the case may be, in respect of offences  committed prior  to 9th September  1988.                   

                            Under the first provision to Section 17 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (Central Act 49 of 1988), all Inspectors of Police of the Directorate have been authorized to exercise the powers of investigation and arrest. However the power to arrest is not vested with the said Inspectors without a warrant, any officer belonging to Group A or B in the pay scale, the maximum of which is above Rs.11,100/-.