Srikumar said the CVC can regulate its own procedure as per the Act but on taking action against the political hierarchy, or the higher echelons in the executive and taking up suo motu inquiries, it require more clarity in the law
New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought 'more clarity' in a legislation governing its mandate in probing complaints of corruption against politicians or civil servants, reports PTI.
Central Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar also said there was no uniformity across the states on the issue of handing over complaints to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for probe in corruption cases.
"The Central Vigilance Commission can regulate its own procedure as per the CVC Act but on taking action against the political hierarchy, or the higher echelons in the executive and taking up suo motu inquiries, more clarity is required in law," he told PTI.
The CVC, which was set up in 1964, acts as a statutory body to check graft and advise central government on anti-graft related matters.
The anti-corruption watchdog functions through Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003 which empowers the CVC to take action against central government officials in cases coming under Prevention of Corruption Act.
"There is no uniformity across the States for the CBI to take up cases; the State Government has the power to withdraw its consent and concurrence and this has often occurred in the past--Karnataka, the State where I served as DGP, being one such example," he said without elaborating.
It is pertinent to mention that the Madhya Pradesh government, through a Gazette notification, has recently barred CBI from probing IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers of the state cadre working in the state on corruption and other criminal charges against them. .
Srikumar also wanted a road-map to be laid out to strengthen the existing mechanism to fight corruption.
"Everywhere there is talk of corruption. I mean, everywhere, everyone is seriously talking today about corruption and there is also talk on how to effectively tackle the menace of corruption.
"We also need to arrive at a consensus and lay down a road map for strengthening the existing institutions and meet the growing public expectations and demands for quickly nailing the corrupt without any fear or favour," he said.
Srikumar, a former IPS officer, said that besides legislative hurdles, the anti-corruption and investigating agencies were also facing manpower crunch.
He said the agencies were facing resource crunch, both in terms of skilled manpower and in terms of financial allocations, for introduction of technology and upgrading the skills of the investigators.
The Vigilance Commissioner said there was a need to address the difficulties in bringing about the necessary reforms that can win the confidence of the public to march ahead towards the stated objective of zero tolerance towards corruption.
"Agencies such as FBI, Scotland Yard, anti-corruption institutions in Hong Kong and Singapore are highly respected in their respective societies and have a lead role in fighting corruption--on the punitive and preventive side as well as to address proactive and predictive sides of corruption handling measures.
"Citizen participation in these countries is more organised and brings better results," he said, seeking greater participation from public to root out corruption.