GUWAHATI, Nov 17 � In order to weed out corruption at all levels of administration, Director, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, has been empowered to lay trap against corrupt public servants for offences of gratification under Section 7 of the PC Act, 1988, said an official press release here.
The order to this effect issued by the Political (Vigilance Cell) Department, Government of Assam, at the directive of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, comes into force with immediate effect, the release said.
The Director, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, would not have to obtain prior permission from the government for conducting preliminary or regular enquiry against any corrupt public servants after being arrested through such trappings. After completion of the enquiry, the Director would obtain prosecution sanction from the government. The provisions of CrPC shall be applicable in respect of laying of trap and conducting investigations following the arrest of the corrupt person.
In another directive to Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla, Gogoi delegated the power of approval for all preliminary enquiries by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption division of the Assam Police, to the Principal Secretary, Home and Political Department. In case of regular enquiries, the Chief Secretary will be the approving authority for officers below the rank of Secretary, while for officers of the rank of Secretary and above, the approving authority will be the Chief Minister, the release added.