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Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
15-December-2011 16:29 IST
Anonymous Complaints Against Officers


The Central Vigilance Commission receives complaints from various sources which also includes complaints of anonymous/pseudonymous nature. The details of anonymous/pseudonymous complaints received in the Commission from the year 2007 to 2010 are as under:-


Received (including brought forward)










The Commission has observed that sometimes such complaints are made against officers at the time when they become due for promotion/retirement etc.

The Central Vigilance Commissin (CVC) has, vide its circular dated June 29, 1999, ordered that no action should at all be taken on any anonymous or pseudonymous complaints, and they must just be filed. In its subsequent circular dated October 11, 2002, while reiterating the earlier instructions, the CVC has further directed that if any department/organization proposed to look into any verifiable facts alleged in such complaints, it may refer the matter to the Commission seeking its concurrence through the Chief Vigilance Officer or head of the organization, irrespective of the level of employees involved therein.

The Central Government vide OM dated September 29, 1992, had issued instructions dealing with anonymous and pseudonymous complaints. The said OM inter-alia lays down the generally no action is warranted on anonymous/pseudonymous complaints against Government servants and they are to be filed and that selective cognizance of anonymous/pseudonymous complaints, containing verifiable allegations can be taken with specific orders from the head of the Department/Chief Executive.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office, Shri V. Narayanasamy in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.