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Who is a Whistle-Blower ?

Who is a Whistle-Blower ?

Whistle-blower is a complainants who wish to complain or disclose on any allegation of corruption or of miss-use of office by any employee of the Central Government or of any corporation established under any Central Act, government companies, societies or local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government. The complainant should send his/her complaint in writing to ‘The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)’ ‘who is the Designated Agency, to receive such complaints.  The designated agency on receipt of the complaint would ascertain the identity of the complainant; if the complainant is anonymous, it will not take any action in the matter. However the identity of the complainant will not be revealed unless the complainant himself has made either the details of the complaint public or disclosed his identity to any other office or authority. During the course of investigation, the Commission should not disclose the identity of the informant and also shall request the concerned head of the organisation to keep the identity of the informant a secret, if for any reason the head comes to know the identity. The CVC can take the help of CBI or Police department, if it considers necessary, to complete the investigation.

In the event that any person is aggrieved by any action against him, he may file an application before the Commission seeking redress in the matter as he is being victimised, on account of that he had filed a complaint or disclosure. The Commission may give suitable directions to the concerned person or the authority. Further the commission may issue appropriate directions to the concerned government authorities if it is of the opinion that either the complainant or the witnesses need protection. If contrary to CVC’s direction, the identity of the informant is being disclosed, CVC could initiate appropriate action against the person or agency making such disclosure. If the Commission finds that the complaint is motivated or vexatious, it shall be at liberty to take appropriate steps in the matter.

The Commission shall not entertain or inquire into any disclosure in respect of which a formal and public inquiry has been ordered  under the Public Servants Inquiries Act, 1850, or a matter that has been referred for inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.

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