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CVC not to entertain anonymous complaints

New Delhi, May 11
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) will no longer entertain anonymous complaints against government officials.

The government has decided that pending the enactment of the ‘Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Informers) Bill, 2002, suitable measures should be put in place to respond to complaints from “whistle-blowers”.

According to an official press note, the government has resolved, through Resolution No 89, to authorise the CVC to take action and inquire into such complaints. However, no action will be taken on anonymous complaints.

The resolution states that the CVC will have to ascertain the genuineness of the complainant and the complaint, keeping the identity of the complainant secret.

It also states that if the investigation reveals either misuse of office or substantial allegations of corruption, the CVC may recommend appropriate proceedings against the official, appropriate administrative steps for redressing the loss caused to the government, initiation of criminal proceedings, if warranted, and taking corrective measures to prevent recurrence of such events.

The CVC may call upon the CBI or the police officials to render all assistance to complete the investigation.

The resolutions also defines that on a written request, the CVC will give suitable directions to the government authorities concerned to protect the complainant or the witness from victimisation.

The CVC may also take appropriate steps in case the complaint is motivated or vexatious. — UNI

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