The Vigilance Bureau has been empowered to enquire into allegations against all public servants, as defined under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The jurisdiction of Vigilance Bureau was originally restricted to Punjab Government employees and members of All India Services (Para I (B) (ii) instructions dated 15.09.1967). However, it was extended vide instructions dated 15.10.79 so as to cover employees of autonomous and statutory Boards/ Corporations and Improvement Trusts. At present all the public servants are covered under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 subject to its jurisdiction.
The Vigilance Bureau ordinarily does not take cognizance of anonymous and pseudonymous complaints unless these contain specific allegations of verifiable nature. Complaints requiring administrative action are referred to administrative department concerned for necessary action. If during investigation the allegations are proved then Vigilance Enquiries/ Criminal Cases are registered against the suspects. During the investigation of Vigilance Enquiries the material collected by I.O. is looked into by the legal & technical cells of Vigilance Bureau who examine the viability and nature of further action and facilitates the Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau in taking the final decision. Regular criminal cases are registered where the evidence warrants such a course of action. In other cases departmental proceedings are recommended to the Administrative Department/ Vigilance Department. Cases registered under the PC Act 1988 are investigated by Gazetted Police Officers only.
In addition to above the Officers / employees (executive police officer/men) of Vigilance Bureau are empowered.
- To collect intelligence regarding corruption and corrupt public servants.
- To conduct enquiry into the complaints of corruption against public servants.
- To conduct investigation of criminal case involving corruption on the part of public servants.
- To assist in prosecution of cases against the defaulter public servants before the enquiry officer or in Court.
- To conduct raids to catch corrupt Government servants red-handed while accepting bribe.
- To submit information, data and report to government regarding corruption and corrupt servants.
- To suggest measures to check the scope of corruption in various departments.
- To monitor the progress of departmental proceedings on charges of corruption against public servants entrusted to other departments.
- To conduct surprise checking of ongoing Govt. projects.
The Ministerial staff,the legal staff & the technical staff assist in achieving the overall objectives of Vigilance Bureau.