Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, a retired High Court choose who headed the Commission of Inquiry arrange in April 2017 by Amarinder Singh authorities to look into alleged vendetta circumstances registered throughout 10 years of SAD-BJP rule, on Wednesday took over as State Chief Vigilance Commissioner.
He was administered oath via video conferencing by Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore. Sharing photographs of the video conferencing, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, “During the oath taking ceremony of Justice Mehtab Singh Gill as Chief Vigilance Commissioner of the Punjab State Vigilance Commission. I wish him all the very best for his new role and responsibility.”
The identify of Gill, former appearing chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was really useful by a three-member committee headed by Amarinder and comprising Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana Okay P Singh and seniormost minister within the Cabinet Brahm Mohindra. Including Gill, there have been 5 retired judges and three IAS officers who had utilized for the submit.
The appointment of Gill has been made below The Punjab State Vigilance Commission Act 2020 notified in November 2020.
As per the Act, the powers and capabilities of the Commission shall be to train superintendence and management over the functioning of the vigilance and police institution in as far as it pertains to investigation of offences alleged to have been dedicated below the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Among others, the Act additionally stipulates that the Commission shall inquire “on a reference made by the State government, wherein it is alleged that a public servant being an employee of the State government or a corporation, established by or under any State Act, government company, public sector undertakings, commissions, tribunals, cooperative apex bodies, universities, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, society and any local bodies, owned or controlled by the State government, has committed an offence with which a public servant may, under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, be charged at same trial”.
The Act additionally reads, “No suit, prosecution or any other legal proceeding shall lie against the Commission, the State Chief Vigilance Commissioner, any Vigilance Commissioner, the Secretary or against any staff of the Commission in respect of anything, which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.”
As per the Act, the state authorities would appoint Chief Director of Vigilance on the suggestions of a three-member committee headed by the State Chief Vigilance Commissioner and comprising Chief Secretary and residential division secretary.
Also, the officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and above shall be appointed by Vigilance Bureau on the advice of a three-member committee headed by Chief Vigilance Commissioner and comprising Chief Secretary and Chief Director, Vigilance Bureau.
The three-member Punjab State Vigilance Commission would encompass Chief Vigilance Commissioner as chairman and two Vigilance Commissioners as members, every having a tenure of 5 years.
Justice Gill (retd) mentioned after the Governor cleared his appointment as State Vigilance Commission chairman final month, he (Gill) on March 26 resigned from Commission of Inquiry into the alleged false circumstances he was heading.
The Punjab State Vigilance Commission Act bars Commission chairman and members from participating in any paid employment outdoors the duties of workplace.
In the studies submitted to the federal government thus far, Gill mentioned the Commission of Inquiry into alleged false circumstances had determined round 4,000 circumstances. He added that 400 circumstances had been left to be determined which might be appeared into by retired choose B S Mehandiratta who was appointed as a member on the time of forming the fee on April 5, 2017, and by retired choose G Okay Rai who was inducted into the Commission in 2018 as a static officer to pursue the circumstances with the nodal officers, the DC and lawyer of the districts involved.