Punjab Vigilance bureau to act strictly against hostile witnesses, lax officials

Chandigarh/July 11
Punjab State Vigilance Bureau on Thursday directed its field officers to initiate suitable legal process against the hostile witnesses under section 182 of IPC in vigilance cases without awaiting for the final court verdict.
State Vigilance Bureau DGP-cum-Chief Director Suresh Arora asked the officers to personally monitor and make ensure that no officer or official of Bureau working under their control should indulge in corrupt practices.
Arora instructed officials in a meeting today to followup vigilance cases that are under trial in various courts and directed the officers to initiate appropriate legal action against the witness and shadow witness under sections 182 of Cr.P.C. if they turn hostile during the evidence trial.
“The court judgments should be perused thoroughly after acquittal of accused and in case the acquittal was due to the fault of any officer of the Bureau, then stern action should be taken against the delinquent officer,” Arora said.
Arora asked the officers to identify corrupt public servants so that preventive measures against tainted servants could be initiated. He also suggested the range officers to create awareness in educational institutions under their respective jurisdiction regarding anti-corruption measures initiated by the bureau and the need to curb the menace of corruption from the society.
Arora also reviewed the public complaints, vigilance inquiries, cases under investigation and passed necessary directions to the concerned investigation officers so as to ensure efficient and speedy disposal of the pending work.


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