The CVC is being consulted at two stages in vigilance cases or disciplinary proceedings, first advice is obtained on the investigation reports and the second advice is obtained before a final decision is taken at the conclusion of the proceedings.
The anti-corruption watchdog has also authorized Chief Vigilance Officers, who act as distant arm of CVC, or disciplinary authority to impose a penalty which is in line with the Commission's first stage advice in respect of officers falling under its jurisdiction.
"However, the CVO should forward an action taken report along with a copy of Investigating Officers findings and the final order issued by DA in all such cases of officers for Commission's record," the CVC said in an order issued on Wednesday.
It is further clarified that all such cases, where the disciplinary authority proposes to take any action which is at variance with the Commission's first stage advice, would continue to be referred to the CVC for obtaining second stage advice, it said.
The Commission expects that the CVO would be in a position to exercise proper check and supervision over such cases and would ensure that the cases are disposed off expeditiously within the time norms, the order said.

"The punishment awarded to the concerned officer is commensurate with the gravity of the misconduct established on his or her part. In order to ensure that the Commission' expectations are fully met, the Commission may depute its officers to conduct vigilance audit through online visits," the CVC said.
If the Commission comes across any matter, which in its opinion, has not been handled properly, it may recommend its review by the appropriate authority or may give such directions as it may consider appropriate, it said.
Today's order will have bearing on dealing corruption cases involving officials at the level of General Managers and above at the Central Public Sector Units (CPSUs), banks, Group B officials and Group C employees under the central government.
The Commission had earlier done away with second stage consultations with it in disciplinary cases involving Group 'A' officers of the central government and members of all India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS), where the UPSC is required to be consulted.
In another order, the CVC has said no action should be taken on anonymous or pseudonymous complaints of corruption by ministries or departments. "They should only be filed," it said.

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