The scope and ambit of vigilance is very wide indeed and would include in its
purview not only matters concerning corruption, bribery, misappropriation, etc.
but also any other forms of conduct or behavior which does not behove of a
Government servant. However, for the purposes of reference to the Central
Vigilance Commission/ DGIT (Vig) & CVO a distinction is to be drawn between
vigilance angle on the one hand and administrative angle on the other.
Conduct relating to personal
misconduct / misbehavior on the part of the officers:-
This, again, may have variations, viz.
Impropriety of language or any other act of
insubordination by a subordinate officer in relation to his superiors.
Late attendance or long absence from duty without prior
intimation / permission.
Negligence apparent from non-filing of property returns
and non-intimation regarding transactions of immovable / movable
Non-maintenance of accepted standard of morality,
decency, decorum and propriety not just within the confines of office
but also in other public places
Grievance petitions, particularly
from aggrieved informants
Regarding either non- receipt of anticipated quantum of
reward or non-acknowledgement of information allegedly given by them on the
basis of which so-called successful searches have been conducted.
Tax evasion petitions, being
Regarding alleged evasion of tax by specific assessees
against whom the Department / officers concerned have apparently not taken
Allegations regarding indulgence in
corrupt practices by officers
Bent on seeking pecuniary gratification. These petitions
would normally include not only complaints regarding lavish life-style of
officers by also their casual attitude towards work stemming not just from
incompetence or negligence but mostly from a propensity to confer undue
benefits on the assessees at the cost of revenue.
Needless to state, the common perception of a ‘vigilance angle’ is
covered in such cases. Much of the work in the Vigilance Directorate is
taken up by enquiries / inspections aimed at ascertaining the veracity of
such allegations regarding seeking of monetary gratification by the
Government servants on one ground or the other.