Kerala High Court seeks revamping vigilance dept

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015,21:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | The Kerala High Court today stressed on the need for revamping the Vigilance Department in the state, which was constituted by the government in 1967.
The significant observation was made by the High Court while considering the Bar Scam case and appointed two-member amicus curiae with two senior counsels in the High Court, K Jayakumar and P B Krishnan as its members.
It was inevitable to bringĀ  about timely changes in the Vigilance Department, as it was formed by the then government in 1967 by an order considering the situation at that time, Mr Justice Alexander Thomas said adding that the Vigilance was now functioning with a lot of constraints.
Criticising the investigation mechanism of the state government, the court said the Vigilance should be set free and let function as an independent mechanism.
Stating that justice was denied to the common man as the Vigilance was unable to function properly, the court said investigations into several cases were not progressing on its proper direction.
Pointing out that there were only few Vigilance courts in the state, the Judge said that currently over 600 cases were pending in before various courts and even the appointment of judges were sometime getting stuck in the mesh of red tapism.
The High Court made this observations while considering a petition filed by K T Mohanan, a native of Idukki, alleging that the Vigilance department in the State didn’t have any legal bearing.