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Govt offices asked to refrain from interfering in CBI probes

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2009 10:46 IST

In an effort to ensure more transparency in the functioning of the CBI, the Central Vigilance Commission has asked all government departments to refrain from interfering in the central agency probes and also favoured early sanction for prosecution of erring employees.

"During the course of inspection, the Commission, while checking bad and fraudulent practises, found that a number of departments were interfering (in CBI probes) and despite the instructions, compliance has been little," a senior CVC official said.

The central watchdog also expressed its concern over the denial of sanctions to the CBI for prosecuting the erring officials and issued guidelines in this regard.

"...At times, organisations have asked the CBI not to proceed with the investigation against their officials claiming they (the officials) were innocent," the CVC official said.

The CVC, during the course of investigations, also found that some government officials including Defence, Rail and Law Ministries, Personnel department, and RAW were not according sanctions to CBI for prosecuting officials.

In a case in December last year, the Commission had to take up "direct inquiry" as the concerned organisation delayed report on the complaint against its senior officials.

The CVC has also issued "fresh" guidelines and circulars regarding increased use of "good practises in procurement policies" for different government and public sector organisations.

"The commission, vide its circular dated 6/11/2008, has asked all the vigilance officers in various departments to ensure that there are no inordinate delays in processing of tenders and to finalise them in a time bound manner to avoid time and cost over runs," the officer said.

Looking at the sophisticated use of technology to commit financial frauds, the Commission has started asking organisations in the financial and banking sector to "stress the need for detection of fraud and other economic offences".

"The Commission in its regular meetings with banking organisations had asked for suo motu compliance in this regard. Good results are expected," the officer added.

The CVC has recommended prosecution of 14 officers, including five from the Ministry of Railways and advised initiation of major penalty proceedings against 85 officers in December last year.