Tuesday, 20 January 2015

THE PUNJAB ANTI-CORRUPTION ESTABLISHMENT RULES, 1985

CONTENTS
1. Short Title, Application and Commencement
2. Definition
3. Area of jurisdiction
4. Ex-officio
5. Preliminary enquiry
6. Initiation of Inquiry
7. Arrest
8. Prosecution
9. Dropping of Cases
10.Pending Inquiry and Investigation
1TEXT
GOVERNMENT OF THE PUNJAB
SERVICES, GENERAL ADMINISTRATION AND INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
NOTIFICATION
[28th March, 1985]
No.SV-13/1/85 In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 6 of the Punjab
Anti-Corruption Establishment Ordinance, 1961 (West Pakistan Ordinance XX of 1961) and in
supersession of the West Pakistan Anti-Corruption Establishment Rules, 1974, the Governor of
the Punjab is pleased to make the following Rules, namely–-
THE PUNJAB ANTI-CORRUPTION ESTABLISHMENT RULES, 1985) RULES, 1973
1. Short title and commencement.–- (1) These Rules may be called the Punjab AntiCorruption
Establishment Rules, 1985.
(2) They shall come into force on a day to be notified by the Government.
2. Definitions.–- (1) In these rules unless the subject or context otherwise requires, the
following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to
say:
(a) ‘Additional Director’ means the Additional Director of the Establishment of the
Region or posted in the Directorate of Establishment as Additional Director (HQ);
(b) ‘Assistant Director’ means the Assistant Director of the Establishment;
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(bb) ‘Chief Minister’ means the Chief Minister of the Punjab;
(c) ‘Chief Secretary’ means the Chief Secretary to the Government of the Punjab;
(d) ‘Circle Officer’ means the officer so posted by the Establishment as Circle Officer in
the District;
(e) ‘Competent Authority’ means the authority to accord permission either to hold an
enquiry or to order registration of a criminal case or drop the case after investigation
or decide departmental action under these rules;
(f) ‘Deputy Director’ means the Deputy Director of the Establishment;
(g) ‘Director’ means the Director of the Establishment;
(h) 2
‘District Anti-Corruption Committee’ means the Committee constituted under rule
20 of these rules;
(i) ‘Establishment’ means Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab;
(j) ‘Ex-officio Additional Director’ and ‘Ex-officio Assistant Director’ means officer of the
Administrative Department notified by the Government as such, and Ex-officio
Deputy Director means the 3District Coordination Officer of the District Government;
(k) ‘Government’ means Government of the Punjab;
(l) 4
‘Governor’ means the Governor of the Punjab;
(m) ‘Head of Attached Department’ means an officer Incharge of a department declared
as such by the Government;
(n) ‘Ordinance’ means the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Ordinance 1961
(West Pakistan Ordinance No.XX of 1961);
(o) ‘Provincial Anti-Corruption Committee’ means the committee constituted under rule
21 of these rules; and
2(p) ‘Region’ means an area under the Additional Director.
(2) The expressions used but not defined in these rules and defined in the Ordinance shall
have the same meanings as are assigned to them in the Ordinance.
3. Area of jurisdiction of ex-officio Deputy Director and Additional Director.— The area
of jurisdiction of Ex-officio Deputy Director shall be the district of his posting while that of exofficio
Additional Director shall be over his department and attached department in which he shall
be assisted by the ex-officio Assistant Directors.
4. The ex-officio Additional Director and ex-officio Deputy Director shall only deal with the
category of cases which may be assigned to them by the Government from time to time by
notification.5
5. (1) After the preliminary enquiry, if the ex-officio Additional Director or ex-officio Deputy
Director finds that:
(a) There is no ground to proceed further in the matter, the proceeding shall be
dropped after recording reasons and the complainant if any, shall be informed:
(b) There are reasonable grounds to proceed further in the matter, he shall refer the
case along with relevant record to the appointing authority of the accused public
servant for departmental proceedings under the Efficiency and Discipline Rules.
(2) If the ex-officio Additional Director or ex-officio Deputy Director receives a complaint
or gets information through reliable source regarding a serious case which does not fall within the
category of the notification issued under Rule 4, he shall refer the same to the Director.
(3) If a case is referred under sub rule (2), the Director after examining the same
may return the same to the concerned ex-officio Additional Director, ex-officio Deputy Director
who shall deal with the same under these rules.
6. Preliminary Enquiries and investigations against public servants.–- Preliminary
enquiries and investigations shall be initiated by the Establishment against public servants on
complaints received from the Government, Heads of Departments or other reliable sources.
7. Initiation of preliminary enquiries against public servants.–- A Deputy Director or an
officer of or above his rank shall initiate preliminary enquiries in order to ascertain the identity of
the complainant or informer and genuineness of the complaint/information:
Provided that the enquiry against the 6
‘District Coordination Officers’ of the District
Governments, Secretaries to the Provincial Government, Heads of attached Departments and
other officers of BPS-20 and above, shall be initiated by the Director with the prior permission of
the 7Chief Minister:
Provided further that for those officers mentioned in the first proviso who are in BPS-19,
such permission shall be accorded by the Chief Secretary:
8Provided further that the Director may, without such permission, contact the complainant
or the informer in order to ascertain his identity and the evidence available with him, if any, in
support of the complaint.
8. Registration of cases.–-
(1) Criminal cases shall be registered by the Establishment under Prevention of
Corruption Act, 1947 and under such sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, as have been set forth
in the schedule to the Ordinance.
(2) Criminal case shall be registered against accused public servants under the written
orders of officers of Establishment mentioned below–-
(a) Public Servants in BPS 1-16 Not below a Deputy Director.
(b) Public Servants in BPS-17 Not below an Additional
and 18. Director.
(c) Public Servants in BPS-19 Director.
and above.
3Provided that no case shall however be registered by the Director against public servants
of the status of 9
‘District Coordination Officer’, Secretary to Provincial Government, Heads of
Attached Departments and, other Officers of BPS-20 and above without the prior permission of
the 10Chief Minister.
Provided further that for those public servants mentioned in the first proviso who are in
BPS-19 such permission shall be accorded by the Chief Secretary.
Provided further that no prior permission shall be required for registration of a case against
a public servant caught as a result of trap arranged by the Establishment under the supervision of
a Magistrate, in the act of committing an offence specified in the Schedule to the Ordinance. In
such a case, a report shall immediately be made to the Chief Secretary, the Administrative
Secretary and immediate superior of the public servant concerned if he is in BPS-16 and above
and to the appointing authority and immediate superior if the public servant is in BPS-15 and
below.
(3) If the competent authority under sub rule (2) decides not to register a case,
he shall record reasons thereof.
9. Arrest–-The accused public servant may be arrested if his arrest becomes unavoidable
during investigation, except in the following cases when permission will be accorded by the
authority specified below:
(a) Officers in BPS-18 and 19. 11Additional Chief Secretary
(b) 12District Coordination Officer Chief Secretary
 and Secretaries to Government,
Heads of Attached Departments
and officers in BPS-20 and above.
Provided that no such permission for arrest shall be required after sanction for prosecution
has been accorded by the authority prescribed for the purpose under the criminal Law
Amendment Act, 1958;
Provided further that no prior permission shall be necessary for the arrest of a public
servant caught as a result of trap as mentioned in sub rule (2) of rule 8.
10. Informing Administrative Department etc. regarding registration of a case and arrest: As
soon as may be after registration of a case against a public servant, the Establishment shall
inform the Administrative Secretary and immediate superior if the public servant involved is in
BPS-16 or above and the appointing authority and immediate superior in case of a public servant
in BPS-15 and below, giving gist of allegations upon which the case has been registered. The
said authorities shall also be informed immediately after the arrest of the accused public servant.
11. Obtaining sanction for prosecution–- After investigation the cases considered fit for
prosecution, the following authorities shall be competent to move for sanction for prosecution
required under sub-section (5) of section 6 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1958 (XL of
1958):
(a) Director or Additional Director in cases against public servants up to BPS-18; and
(b) Director in cases against public servant in BPS-19 and above.
12. Sanction for prosecution: Sanction for prosecution shall be obtained from the authority
specified under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1958 (Act XL of 1958).
13. Prosecution of the accused public servant:— On receipt of sanction the accused
public servant shall be challaned to court without any delay and the Authorities
mentioned in rule 8 shall be intimated.
14. Trap:— In all cases of raids the13’Sessions Judge’ or in his absence the 14Additional
District and Sessions Judge nominated for the purpose’ shall be approached by the
officers of the Establishment posted in the District to depute a magistrate for
supervising the raid.
15. Dropping of cases or recommending Departmental Action.–-
(1) The following procedure shall be followed for dropping of a case or recommending
departmental action.–-
4(a) On completion of investigation, if allegations are not established, the case
shall be dropped and intimation to the effect shall be sent to the authorities
mentioned in rule 8;
(b) If after investigation, it is found that prosecution is not called for but sufficient
material is available on record for departmental action, the Establishment
shall move the departmental authorities for departmental proceedings under
Efficiency and Discipline Rules.
(2) The following authorities shall decide dropping of cases or departmental action:-
(a) Additional Directors in cases in which public servants upto BPS-17 are
involved.
(b) Director in cases in which public servants upto BPS-18 are involved.
(c) Chief Secretary in cases in which officers in BPS-19 and 20 are involved
except those mentioned in clause (d) below; and
(d) 15Chief Minister in cases involving 16District Coordination officers,
Administrative Secretaries and officers in BPS-21 and above are involved.
(3) After a decision to take departmental action has been taken under foregoing subrule
the competent authority shall initiate departmental proceeding against the
accused public servant.
(4) Copies of final reports and summaries of dropped cases shall not be supplied,
without the permission of the Director.
(5) When decision to hold departmental enquiry against a public servant is taken, the
Establishment shall forward facts of the case, Draft of Charge Sheet, list of
witnesses and documents if any to the authority prescribed, under the Efficiency
and Discipline Rules.
(6) As soon as the enquiry has been completed and final orders have been passed the
result of the same shall be intimated to the Establishment along with a copy of
Enquiry officers reported for completion of record.
16. Where senior public servants are involved along with junior public servants.–- For
the purpose of dropping the case after investigation or referring it for departmental action or
making a move to obtain sanction for prosecution, if more than one public servants are involved,
the competent authority for these decision shall be the one, which is in case of the public servant
in the highest BPS.
17. Police Stations of the Establishment.–- Cases shall be registered by the Establishment
at the Police stations of the Establishment having the jurisdiction.
18. Application of the Punjab Police Rules.–- The Establishment shall as far as may be,
follow the provision of Punjab Police Rules, 1934 in the investigation and the enquiry of offences
specified in the Schedule to the Ordinance.
19. Suo moto Examination.–-
 (1) The Director may suo moto or otherwise call for the record of any case/enquiry,
pending investigation with the Establishment, examine it and give such direction as
may be necessary for the speedy, fair and just disposal of the same.
(2) The Director may suo moto or otherwise call for the record of any case or enquiry
for the purpose of satisfying himself as to the correctness or propriety of decision
taken by the Additional Director under clause (a) of sub-rule (2) of rule 15, and of
the ex-officio Additional Director and ex-officio Deputy Director under these rules,
and may pass such order as may be deemed fit in each case.
(3) The Chief Secretary may suo moto call for the record of any case or enquiry, for the
purpose of satisfying himself as to the correctness or propriety of decision taken by
the Director under the foregoing sub-rules and under clause (b) of sub-rule (2) of
the rule 15, and may pass such order as deemed fit in each case.
(4) The 17Chief Minister may suo moto or otherwise call for the record of any case or
enquiry pending or finalized, for the purposes of satisfying himself as to the
5correctness or propriety of decision taken by any authority under these rules and
may pass such orders as deemed fit in each case.
20. District Anti-Corruption Committee. 18Deleted.
21. Provincial Anti-Corruption Committee.–-
 (1) There shall be a Provincial Anti-Corruption Committee in the Province, comprising:-
(a) Provincial Minister to be Chairman
appointed by the 19Chief Minister.
(b) Three Members of Provincial Member
Assembly to be appointed by
the 20Chief Minister
(c) Chief Secretary. Member
(d) Additional Chief Secretary, Member
Services, General Administration
& Information Department.
(e) Home Secretary. Member
(f) Director of the Establishment. Member/Secretary
(2) The following shall be the functions of Provincial Anti-Corruption Committee–-
(a) To review the progress of Anti-Corruption cases in the Province;
(b) To consider the reports of Divisional Anti-Corruption Committees;
(c) To record observations and make recommendations in respect of cases
processed by the Establishment;
(d) To highlight factors, procedures, rules and laws, giving rise to
corruption and to make recommendations to Government for
simplification of the same;
(e) To recommend to Government steps for the eradication of corruption in the
Province;
(3) The Committee shall meet once in every six months. The date and time shall be
fixed by its Chairman and communicated to the Members by its Secretary.
22. Pending enquiries and investigation:—The cases already registered and enquiries
already pending investigations under the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Rules, 1974 shall
be processed further under the present rules, from the stage up to which they have been
completed under the previous rules.
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 Added by Notification No.SV-13-1/85 dated 27.03.1986.
2
 Omitted vide Notification dated the October 29, 2001
3
 The word District Coordination Officer of the District Government was amended and added vide Notification
dated the October 29, 2001
4
 Omitted vide Notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989
5
 Notification No.SV-13-1-85 dated 23-05-1985. – In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by rule 4 of
the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Rules, 1985, the Governor of the Punjab is pleased to lay down
the following category of cases, which shall be dealt with by the ex-officio Additional Directors and ex-officio
Deputy Directors of the Establishment:
(i) Cases of bribery, embezzlement or misappropriation involving petty amounts.
(ii) Cases of public servants caught in a raid/trap involving small amount and temporary
misappropriation not involving substantial amounts.
The cases of those public servants who are frequently involved in the cases referred to above shall be dealt
with by the Director or Additional Director Anti-Corruption Establishment)
6
 The words District Coordination officers of the District Governments instead of Commissioners of divisions
were substituted and added vide Notification dated October 29, 2001.
7
 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.
8
 Third proviso added vide Notification No.SO(E&AC) 4-143/86 dated 19-11-1987.
9
 The word District Coordination Officer of the District Government was amended and added vide Notification
dated the October 29, 2001
10 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.
11 The word Commissioner was substituted with Additional Chief Secretary vide Notification dated October
29, 2001
12 The words District Coordination officers of the District Governments instead of Commissioners of divisions
were substituted and added vide Notification dated October 29, 2001.
13 The word Deputy Commissioner and the word Additional Deputy Commissioner(General) were substituted
by the Sessions Judge and the Additional District Sessions Judge nominated for the purpose respectively
vide Notification dated October 29, 2001.
14 The word Deputy Commissioner and the word Additional Deputy Commissioner(General) were substituted
by the Sessions Judge and the Additional District Sessions Judge nominated for the purpose respectively
vide Notification dated October 29, 2001.
15 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.
16 The word District Coordination Officer of the District Government was amended and added vide
Notification dated the October 29, 2001
17 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.
18 Deleted vide Notification dated October 29, 2001
19 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.
20 Word Governor substituted with Chief Minister vide notification No SO(E.AC)4-143/85 dated April, 1989.

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