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Powers of Investigation


All special investigators of CPIB are issued with certificates of appointment (similar to the warrant cards used by some local law enforcement agencies). CPIB officers may exercise the following powers of investigation:

  1. Powers of Arrest under Section 15 of the PCA

    1. The Director or any special investigator may without a warrant arrest any person who has been concerned in any offence under this Act or against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or credible information has been received or a reasonable suspicion exists of his having been so concerned.

    2. The Director or a special investigator arresting a person under subsection (1) may search such person and take possession of all articles found upon him which there is reason to believe were the fruits or other evidence of the crime, provided that no female shall be searched except by a female.

    3. Every person so arrested shall be taken to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau or to a police station.



  2. Powers of Investigation under Section 17 of the PCA

    In cases relating to the commission -

    1. of an offence under section 165 of the Penal Code, or under sections 213, 214 and 215 of the Penal Code, or of any conspiracy to commit, or of any attempt to commit, or of any abetment of such an offence;

    2. of an offence under this Act; or

    3. of any seizable offence under any written law which may be disclosed in the course of an investigation under this Act.

    CPIB officer is empowered to exercise all or any of the powers in relation to police investigations into any offence given by the Criminal Procedure Code.



  3. Powers of Search and Seizure under Section 22 of the PCA

    Director, CPIB may, by warrant directed to any CPIB officer, empower them to enter any place by force if necessary and to search, seize and detain any document, article or property relating to the commission of any corruption offence, or a conspiracy/attempt to commit or an abetment of any such offence.

    If the CPIB officer has reasonable grounds to believe that any delay in obtaining the search warrant is likely to frustrate the object of the search, he may exercise the powers of search mentioned above without a search warrant.
Last updated on 09 Apr 2009
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