Courts & Tribunals
There are Six Special Courts functioning in the State exclusively for the trial of Vigilance Cases charge sheeted by this Bureau with Headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Muvattupuzha, Thrissur, Kozhikkode and Thalassery. Scope for filing appeal is examined in every case, which ends in acquittal and action is taken to file appeal if found necessary.
There are two Vigilance Tribunals, one each at Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikkode to conduct detailed enquiry in disciplinary proceedings warranting the award of major penalties referred by the Government on the recommendations of this Bureau or otherwise relating to Gazetted officers in respect of matters involving corruption. The Vigilance Tribunals after completing enquiry forward the reports directly to Government with their recommendations for final disposal by Government.
Government vide Circular No. 5681/C3/98/Vig. dated 31.12.2001 reiterated that the directions contained in Rule 5(b) and (C) of Kerala Civil Services (Vigilance Tribunal) Rules should be followed scrupulously by all Department Officers and they shall forward all disciplinary cases relating to Gazetted Officers in respect of matters involving corruption on the part of such officers, to Government in the Vigilance Department for the purpose of ordering disciplinary enquiry by the Vigilance Tribunals.
The Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau recommends departmental disciplinary action against officers where the evidence collected during enquiry/investigations is not sufficient either to order a Tribunal Enquiry or to launch a successful prosecution. In such cases the concerned Administrative Departments will initiate action and issue final orders in consultation with the Government in Vigilance Department [G.O. (P) No. 46/97/Vig. Dated 31.7.1997].