Prosecuting corrupt officials: Supreme Court sets deadline for government
TNN | Jan 31, 2012, 11.04AM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the government should give sanction to prosecute accused officials within 3 months.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the government should give sanction to prosecute accused officials within 3 months under the Prevention of the Corruption Act.
If there is need for any consultation with the legal authorities, the government might give its sanction within 4 months, the apex court said. If there is no decision by the government in the four-month timeframe, the sanction should be deemed as given, the SC said.
However, the SC left it for Parliament to frame guidelines for giving sanction to prosecute officials.
The apex court gave its judgment on a petition filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy. In his petition, Subramanian Swamyhas said that the PMO took 16 months to give sanction to prosecute A Raja in the 2G scam.
The Supreme Court also said that Subramanian Swamy had the locus to seek sanction from the Prime Minister for prosecution of A Raja in the 2G scam.
Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision, Subramanian Swamy that judgement empowers citizens to seek inquiry against the government officials.
The article 39(c) of the Indian Constitution, which has deprived one from one’s wealth and capital, is not corrupt.
Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which shields criminal public servants, is also not corrupt.
Corrupt is one, who does not loot public and shares booty with Sonia!
Aryavrt Government demands abolition of 39(c) of the Indian Constitution and Sections 196 and 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
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