The Central Vigilance Commission has liberalized a significant part of vigilance administration for cases against senior officials, empowering departments with a major say in inquiries.
According to a circular issued on Monday, CVC has said if inquiries by chief vigilance officer (CVO) of a department in complaints against senior officials do not indicate prima facie vigilance angle (corruption) and relate to administrative lapses, the case would be decided by the department concerned. Until now, all reports into inquiries against senior officials had to be referred to CVC even if there was no evidence of corruption.
The order would impact vigilance administration against Group A officers in central government and same level of officers in public sector banks, PSUs, insurance companies, financial institutions, societies and other local authorities notified by the government under the CVC Act.
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