U.P. Vigilance Establishment
The U.P. Vigilance Establishment has been established under the U.P. Vigilance Establishment Act, 1965, which provides for the constitution, superintendence and administration of the Vigilance Establishment as a special police force. The U.P. Vigilance Establishment has been established in order to conduct high-level enquiries into matters of corruption, bribery, misconduct and misappropriation etc. involving public servants. This Establishment is headed by a Vigilance Director. At present the Director Vigilance is an officer of the rank of Director General of Police. Besides Director Vigilance, the Establishment at present has two Additional Director, fifteen Superintendents of Police, besides, there are posts of forty seven Deputy Superintendents of Police and one hundred and seventy eight Inspectors. In addition, it has some technical Officers obtained from various departments, besides the ministerial and other staff. There also are three Senior Prosecution Officers and fifteen posts of Prosecution Officers.
At present 14 Sector Offices are functioning under the Vigilance Establishment in various Divisional Headquarters, headed by Superintendents of Police in-charge. These Sector Offices are located at Meerut, Bareilly, Agra, Kanpur, Jhansi, Allahabad, Faizabad, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Lucknow. For important and special enquiries a Central Investigation Sector (CIS) is also functioning from the Headquarters campus. Apart from these, for enquiries relating to the Irrigation department there is an Irrigation Cell, and for enquiries relating to the Electricity department a Hydel Cell is also functioning at Lucknow, each under the supervision of a Superintendent of Police.
Functions. -- The Vigilance Establishment shall perform the following functions:
(a) Keep the Government informed of all the cases of corruption, bribery, misconduct, misbehavior and other malpractice involving public servants that come to its notice ;
(b) Collect intelligence on its own initiative or on the orders of Government in the Vigilance Department relating to corruption of any individual public servant or public servants belonging to a department, class or category;
(c) Make enquiries, secret or open, and investigations in to cases of corruption, bribery, misconduct, misbehavior or other malpractices, that may be referred to it from time by the Government in Vigilance Department ; and
(d) Corrupt Government / Public Servants and Public Servants of similar rank, are trapped while taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act etc.