Govt mulls sacking corrupt officers at trial stage
As Government and Team Anna slug it out over the Lokpal issue, a move is afoot for sacking public servants chargesheeted for corruption once the trial begins.
New Delhi: As Government and Team Anna
slug it out over the Lokpal issue, a move is afoot for sacking
public servants chargesheeted for corruption once the trial
The Government told the Lok Sabha today it is examining
the recommendations of an expert committee which suggested
amendment in Article 311 of the Constitution to pave the way
for summary dismissal of government officials facing
corruption charges after beginning of trial in competent
Minister of state for Personnel, Public Grievances and
Pensions V Narayanasamy said in a written reply that a
three-member committee of experts was constituted to examine
and suggest measures to expedite the process involved in
disciplinary and vigilance proceedings.
He said the recommendations are under examination of
The Minister said the committee has recommended
"Amendment of Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for
dismissal from service on charges of corrupt practices after
beginning of trial in a competent court."
He said the committee has also suggested that second
stage consultations with Central Vigilance Commission in such
cases be dispensed with.
The Minister said the committee has recommended a time
limit of two months for completion of minor penalty
disciplinary inquiries and 12 months for major penalty
disciplinary inquiries besides making other recommendations.
Narayanasamy said the committee has recommended a cut
in pension and gratuity of officials in case of compulsory
retirement as major penalty.
The committee has also recommended setting up of
Vigilance Commissions with statutory status in states and
introduction of plea bargaining in major penalty disciplinary
inquiry, he said.