The Central Vigilance Commission has advocated for conducting joint surprise checks by CBI in cooperation with the vigilance unit of the department concerned at places of corruption.
"CBI may conduct joint surprise checks at places and points of corruption in cooperation with the vigilance unit of the department concerned, after thoroughly acquainting themselves with the rules, regulations, procedure and practice as well as the modus operandi adopted by the corrupt public servants," stated the Central Vigilance Commission's new vigilance manual launched on Thursday.
However, wherever adequate and credible information exists about some corruption racket, it would be a better idea to verify such information and register a regular case rather than resorting to surprise check, it said.
Investigation into allegations against officers under suspension or about to retire should be given the highest priority, as per the fresh set of guidelines on vigilance matters. It also emphasised on the expeditious completion of enquiry or investigation by the CBI.
"The Head of Zone (CBI's working is divided into various zones covering parts of states/areas) or the Deputy Inspector General should keep a close watch on the progress of enquiries and investigations to ensure that the processing of the enquiries and the investigations is done as expeditiously as possible," the manual said.
In cases referred by the CVC for investigation and report, the CBI shall furnish reports on such complaints within a period of six months, it said.