Enforcement Directorate Calls for Action Against DVAC Officials Accused of Stealing Sensitive Documents

In a recent development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent a reminder to the Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police, Shankar Jiwal, urging the registration of a case against officials from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and other unauthorized persons. The ED had earlier filed a complaint against them, alleging the “stealing” of sensitive documents from the ED’s Sub-Zonal Office in Madurai.

Citing the complaint lodged on December 2, 2023, the ED described the incident as an “illegal search operation,” involving criminal trespass, theft, and illegal access to confidential records related to ongoing investigations at the Sub-Zonal Office. The agency has requested the registration of an FIR against the DVAC officials and the unauthorized persons under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including trespass, criminal intimidation, theft, and assault on a public servant.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the lack of action taken thus far, the ED referred to a Supreme Court decision in the Lalita Kumari versus Government of Uttar Pradesh & others case. The court had ruled that if any information disclosing a cognizable offense is presented before a police officer, they are obligated to register a case based on that information. Given that the information in the complaint clearly discloses such an offense, the ED requested the DGP to direct the concerned police station to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the DVAC officials and the individuals involved in the trespass and theft.

This latest development follows the arrest of Enforcement Officer Ankit Tiwari, who was apprehended on charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹20 lakh from a government doctor near Dindigul. In the wake of Tiwari’s arrest, DVAC officials conducted a search at the ED’s Sub-Zonal Office in Madurai. While the DVAC claimed that the designated court was duly informed and only authorized personnel were part of the team, the ED asserts that a total of 35 people entered their office premises.

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