ED urges DGP to register case against DVAC sleuths citing Supreme Court ruling  

Against DVAC officials and others on charges of trespass, theft of sensitive records

December 17, 2023 08:04 pm | Updated December 18, 2023 01:35 pm IST - CHENNAI

A fortnight after lodging a complaint against officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and other unauthorised persons, accusing them of “stealing” sensitive documents from the Sub-Zonal Office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Madurai, the Central agency has sent a reminder to Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police/Head of Police Force Shankar Jiwal reiterating its request to register a case against the accused.

Referring to the complaint, dated December 2, 2023, informing what it termed an “illegal search operation” leading to criminal trespass, theft and illegal access of various sensitive and confidential records pertaining to ongoing investigations in the office of the Deputy Director, Sub-Zonal Office, Madurai, the ED requested the DGP to register an FIR against the DVAC officials and the unauthorised persons under Section 447 (trespass), 506 (criminal intimidation), 378 (theft) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) of the Indian Penal Code, among others.

Pointing out that no action had been taken so far, the ED in its letter to the DGP referred to the Supreme Court decision in the Lalita Kumari versus Government of Uttar Pradesh & others, wherein the court had held: “If any information disclosing a cognisable offence is led before an officer in charge of the police station satisfying the requirement of Section 154(1), the said police officer has no other option except to enter the substance thereof in the prescribed form, that is to say, to register a case on the basis of such information. The provision of Section 154 of the Code is mandatory and the concerned officer is duty-bound to register the case on the basis of information disclosing a cognisable offence.” In the present case, since the information submitted in the complaint, dated December 2, 2023, disclosed cognisable offence, the ED requested the DGP to direct the concerned police station to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the DVAC officials and the persons who entered the office premises of the Central agency and stole/accessed sensitive/confidential records.

After arresting Enforcement Officer Ankit Tiwari on charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹20 lakh from a government doctor near Dindigul, DVAC officials conducted a search on the ED’s Sub-Zonal Office in Madurai. While top DVAC officials claimed that the designated court was informed of the search and only authorised persons were a part of the team, the ED said 35 people entered its office premises.

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