New Delhi: In what may act as a hindrance for Central government departments trying to dodge CVC inquiry, the Central Vigilance Commission has directed all departments for "expeditious completion" of disciplinary action or proceedings against employees before their retirements.

"Commission has of late, observed that some departments/organisations have a marked tendency to refer the vigilance cases to the Commission seeking its advice at the last moment and sometimes even a few days before retirement of officers," the anti-corruption watchdog said.

The Commission has taken a serious note of such lax attitude on the part of Chief Vigilance Officers or disciplinary authorities in making such references which leaves no option for the Commission, except to examine the case in a hurry.

"Such delayed references ultimately result in situations which either serve to the advantage of the suspect public servants/charged officers or initiation of disciplinary proceeding at the far end of service of an officer," it said in a directive issued to all secretaries and CVOs of ministries, Public Sector Units, banks and autonomous organisations among others.

The probity watchdog has also emphasised that the vigilance functionaries as well as administrative authorities concerned should prioritise their activities of conducting investigation and disciplinary action so as to avoid such late references to the Commission.

"Undue delays on part of administrative authorities, in dealing with vigilance matters or disciplinary cases, will henceforth be viewed seriously by the Commission and it would be constrained to take an adverse view of CVOs/Administrative authorities for such avoidable delays," the CVC added.

The Commission acts as supreme anti-corruption autonomous body to advise and monitor central government controlled departments over vigilance matters among other.

(Agencies)