Saxena had on Tuesday reviewed the functioning of the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV). He had cited instances of inordinate delay in investigation by the Directorate and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He also emphasized that the working of the departments should be ‘audited’ on a regular basis.
The Lieutenant Governor directed the Vigilance Department to take action in a time bound manner on the requests made by the investigating agencies like Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under Section 17 (A) and Section (19) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 1988. instructed.
An official said that the governor underlined that pending inquiry an officer cannot be suspended indefinitely and directed the DoV to review all the suspension cases on merits within a month.
Referring to the inordinate delay in investigation by the ACB and DoV, the Lt Governor said such delay defeats the purpose of justice. The Lt Governor asked for a review of all such cases within a month.
The official said that in this context, he also directed to create a mechanism for online complaints. According to him, these complaints should be dealt with and disposed of by following all standard operating procedures.
Officials said that after going through the presentation made by the Secretary, Vigilance, he issued detailed and strict instructions to ensure efficiency, transparency and effectiveness in the working of the department.
“Keeping in view the various violations and procedural lapses that have come to light recently in the Excise, Education and Public Works Departments etc., the Lt Governor asked the Chief Secretary to follow the rules/regulations relating to tender/procurement/goods and services,” said an official. Issue an official memorandum to create awareness about Also, caution all employees that any of these violations will lead to exemplary action under the relevant rules.
It is noteworthy that Saxena had recently recommended a CBI inquiry into the alleged corruption in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.