Vigilance Department - Working and Procedures - Further instructions issued.
  NO. 2341/C1/2005/Vig. Dated, Thiruvananthapuram, 31 st May, 2005
  No.24/06/Vig. Thiruvananthapuram, dated 1.2.2006 
 Disclosure of Information under section 4(1)(b)of the
Right to Information Act, 2005
 Public Information Officer

         Secretary to Government in the home department also functions as a Secretary in Vigilance Department. The Vigilance department is the main anti corruption agency of the State and conducts enquiries and investigations on complaints relating to offences of corruption or criminal misconduct involving Government and Pubic servants. Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption bureau is the head of the field department.

Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau

         The Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau, functioning as a separate Department since 1964, is the main Agency of the State to deal with Cases involving corruption. The Bureau conducts investigation/Enquiries into the following types of allegations involving Government Servants and Public Services including those working in the Public sector undertakings of the State Government.

  • Criminal misconduct of Public Services as defined in PC Act 1968.
  • Dishonest or improper conduct or abuse of power by Public Services.
  • Gross dereliction of duty or negligence.
  • Misappropriation of public funds involving more than Rs.50, 000/-
  • Amassment of wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income.
  • Misuse of Public money or property.

         Besides conducting investigation into Vigilance Cases, the Bureau also conducts Vigilance Enquiries, Confidential Verifications and Surprise Checks. The Bureau also collects intelligence about corrupt officials and maintains dossiers on them. The functioning of the Bureau is governed by the guidelines issued by the State Government vide G.O. (P) No.65/92/vig. Dated 12.5.1992 and G.O (P) No.18/97/vig. Dated 5.4.1997.


         The Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau is headed by the Director who is of the rank of Director General of Police. The Director is assisted by two Inspectors General of Police and three Deputy Inspectors General of Police. There is a Superintendent of Police functioning in the Directorate for assisting the Director in administrative matters and for supervising the work of Intelligence Branch. The field formations are as follows:-

(I) District Level:

         In each of the 14 Revenue Districts, there is a Vigilance Unit headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

(II) Range Level:

         There are four Ranges each headed by a Superintendent of Police with supervisory territorial jurisdiction located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.

(III) Special Units:

         In addition, there are four Special Units each headed by a Superintendent of Police with Statewide jurisdiction. These are, the three Special cells at Thiruvananthapuram. Special Cells are meant primarily for investigation of Disproportionate Assets cases.

(IV) Research, Analysis and Enforcement Wing:

         A Research, Analysis and Enforcement Wing is functioning in the Directorate to assist the field Officers in technical matters connected with Enquiries/Investigations undertaken by this Bureau. The wing consists of one Executive Engineer (Civil), one Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil), one Executive Engineer (Mech.) and one Accounts Officer.

(V) Intelligence Branch:

         An Intelligence Branch headed by Superintendent of Police (Int.) is functioning in the Directorate to collect, collate and analyze intelligence about corrupt officials and to maintain dossiers on them. (VI) Legal Wing:- This Bureau has its own Legal Wing to conduct the prosecution of PC Act cases in the three Special Courts and also to appear before the two Vigilance Tribunals on behalf of the State. The legal wing consists of one Legal Advisor and the Additional Legal Advisors having headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. The Legal Wing also furnishes legal advice in Enquiries/Investigations undertaken by this Bureau.


         The Executive staff of this Bureau is drawn from Police Department. The Ministerial Staff are appointed through Kerala Public Service Commission. The Legal staff are appointed directly by the State Government from among practicing Advocates. The Technical Staff like Engineers and Accounts Officer are appointed on deputation basis from State/Central Government.

Inspector General of Police
Deputy Inspector of Police (I)   
Deputy Inspector of Police (II)             
Deputy Inspector of Police (III)  
Superintendent of Police (Int.)           
Superintendent of Police, VACB,
Special Investigation Unit, Thiruvananthapuram
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Special Cell, Thiruvananthapuram     
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Special Cell,
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Special Cell,
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Special Range Thiruvananthapuram      
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Eastern Range
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Central Range
Superintendent of Police, VACB, Northern Range
Superintendent of Police, VACB,
Postal Address of VACB The Director,
Vigilance & Anti corruption Bureau Thiruvananthapuram
Telephone:   0471-2300786


Phone Number
Directorate     PMG, Thiruvananthapuram 0471-2305393
Southern Range   Thekkummoodu Jn,
Special Investigation Unit,
Special Cell, Thiruvananthapuram    Althara Jn, Vellayambalam 0471-2317796
Thiruvananthapuram, Unit       Thekkummoodu Jn,
Kollam Unit     Near Collectorate, Kollam     0474-795092
Pathanamthitta Unit  Doctor’s Lane, Pathanamthitta      0473-223270
Eastern Range, Kottayam  Muttambalam, Kottayam    0481-585504
Kottayam Unit  Muttambalam, Kottayam 0481-585144
Alappuzha Unit      Pazhaveedu, Thiruvampady,
Idukki Unit   Olamattom Road, Thodupuzha   0486-222727
Central Range, Ernakulam      Sivarama Menon Road, Kochi      0484-402044
Ernakulam Unit          Sivarama Menon Road, Kochi      0484-400010
Special Cell, Ernakulam      Pachalam, Ernakulam          0484-394800
Special Investigation Team    Brahmapuram, Vaduthala,
Northern Range, Kozhikode     West Hill, Kozhikode-5          0495-383128
Special Cell, Kozhikode          East Nadakkavu, Kozhikode   0495-766824
Kozhikode Unit    West Hill, Kozhikode-5        0495-382034
Thrissur Unit            Shornur Road, Thrissur       0487-334200
Palakkad Unit   Vadakkumthara, Palakkad    0491-502510
Malappuram Unit        Kottappady Junction,
Wayanad Unit        Meenangedy, Wayanad      0493-647310
Kannur Unit  Thavakkara, Kannur    0497-707778
Kasargode Unit          Near KSRTC Bus Stand,
Legal Advisor, Thiruvananthapuram Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram 0471-2462092
Additional Legal-Advisor, Tvpm   Vanchiyoor, Thiruvananthapuram 0471-2462092
Additional Legal-Advisor, Ekm      Ernakulam           0484-403905
Additional Legal-Advisor, Kkd         Kozhikode     0495-366833
Postal Address of VACB The Director,
Vigilance & Anti corruption Bureau Thiruvananthapuram
Telephone:   0471-2300786



Vigilance Cases

         Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau registers Cases under the P.C.Act 1988 on finding prima facie evidence of criminal misconduct by Public Servants after conducting Vigilance Enquiries/Confidential Verifications/Surprise Checks and on receipt of information of demand of bribe by Public Servants. Vigilance Cases are registered by the Unit Offices on getting sanction from Director of the Bureau after assessing the evidence available. In Trap Cases, the unit officers are authorised to register Cases suo-motu.

         For the purpose of registering and investigating cases under PC Act 1988 and IPC, all the buildings, in which the unit offices (District Units, Range Units and Special Units) and Directorate are functioning, are notified as Vigilance Police stations in exercise of the powers conferred by clause(s) of the Section 2 of the code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (Central Act 2 of 1974). [Consolidated notification issued vide Government notification No.10058/C1/2000/Vig. dated 4.12.2000].

Vigilance Enquiries

         Vigilance Enquiries are ordered by Government based on complaints received. This Bureau does not initiate Vigilance Enquiries on its own.

Confidential Verifications

         Besides Vigilance Enquiries, this Bureau conducts Confidential verifications also on its own initiative or as per Government directive. Confidential Verifications are conducted mainly on the allegation of amassment of wealth by Public services through corrupt practices.

Surprise Checks

         The Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau on its initiative conducts Surprise Checks upon receipt of petitions and source reports. The Superintendents of Police of this Bureau are also empowered to order Surprise Checks based on information received by them.

Investigation Teams

         The Bureau works through investigation teams. An investigation team consists of one Deputy Superintendents of Police/Inspector, one Sub Inspector/Assistant Sub Inspector, one Head Constable and two Constables. Each team is provided with a vehicle (Car or Jeep).

System of Scrutiny

         In the Vigilance & Anti-corruption Bureau, we have a very elaborate system of scrutiny in order to ensure that innocent officers are not harassed while the corrupt ones are brought to book. The Investigating Officer prepares a very detailed Factual Report after completing investigation. This is then forwarded along with the legal opinion of the Assistant Legal Advisor to the Supdt of Police who forwards it along with his detailed comments to the Directorate, where it is subjected to exhaustive scrutiny by an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police/Dy.Inspector General of Police. It is only at the end of this elaborate procedure that the case is put up to the Director for his decision as to whether prosecution sanction should be sought from the Government.          


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