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Parakh FIR: AP IAS officers body to appeal to President for ‘safeguards’ to bureaucrats

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:38

Hyderabad: In the wake of an FIR against former Coal Secretary PC Parakh in Coalgate scam, Andhra Pradesh IAS Officers` Association has decided to seek the President`s intervention and ensure adequate safeguards for serving and retired civil servants to perform their legitimate duties.

The Association, which held an extraordinary meeting of its general body here late last night, also requested the Centre to consider appropriate statutory provisions to prevent abuse of authority by investigating agencies against civil servants.

The meeting was held in the wake of CBI`s FIR against Parakh, an AP cadre IAS officer.

The Association secretary J Raymond Peter released the resolutions of the meeting today.

The Association recommended certain "specific actions" like amendments to Section 19 of Prevention of Corruption Act so as to extend the requirement of prior sanction in respect of retired officers for any cognisance to be taken by a court; amendment to Section 197 of Criminal Procedure Code to clarify the scope of this section extends to accusations of criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust as well.

"This is required in view of the recent tendency by CBI to bypass the prior sanction requirement and charge officers by invoking IPC sections dealing with criminal conspiracy (section 120-B) and criminal breach of trust (section 409)," Peter said.

The Association also wanted appropriate provisions in the proposed Civil Services Performance Standard and Accountability Bill to protect legitimate decisions taken by civil servants.

A senior police official said, "He was later taken back to Jodhpur."

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:37
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