2G case: SC verdict vindicates PM, says PMO

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 18:18

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Reacting to the Supreme Court order setting the deadline for government to prosecute the accused in 2G case, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said that the government is examining the directions regarding the manner in which applications for sanctions are to be dealt with.

"We welcome the fact that both the learned judges have completely vindicated the Prime Minister whilst appreciating the onerous duties”, the PMO twitted.

Setting aside the Delhi High Court judgement on sanction of prosecution in 2G case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that filing of a complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right of a citizen and the competent authority should take a decision on giving the sanction within a time frame.
If the sanction is not given within four months, then it is deemed to have been granted, a two judge bench of the apex court said. This was regarding a case filed by a petitioner seeking a direction to the Prime Minister for sanction to prosecute the then Telecom Minister A Raja.

The bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly held that the petitioner had the locus standi to seek sanction for Raja`s prosecution.

It said sanction should be granted within a time frame and the competent authority shall take action in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the apex court in the Vineet Narain case of 1996.

Justice Ganguly, who wrote a separate judgement, agreed with Justice Singhvi and said sanction would be deemed to be granted if the competent authority fails to take a decision within a period of four months.

Following the verdict, while the PMO is in the dock, the Prime Minister`s name has been cleared.

Justice Ganguly, who wrote a separate judgement, agreed with Justice Singhvi and said sanction would be deemed to be granted if the competent authority fails to take a decision within a period of four months.

Following the verdict, while the PMO is in the dock, the Prime Minister`s name has been cleared.



First Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 18:07

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