New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission
has sought amendment of a law that bars investigation or
registration of cases against judges, members of the armed
forces and senior public servants without prior permission of
the Central government.
The anti-corruption watchdog has also asked the
government to increase the number of special courts for speedy
disposal of corruption cases.
"There is a need to amend the Prevention of Corruption
Act and Section 197 of CrPC to enable faster sanction from
concerned authorities to speed up inquiry and the judicial
process," Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha said.
Sinha said, "We have requested the government to
increase the number of special courts to speed up the trials
under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act."
An estimated 40 special courts have been set up so far
by the government for trials of cases under the PC Act.
"There are certain types of cases where disciplinary
authorities are reluctant to give accord in time to take
necessary action against corrupt employees. There is a need of
taking a fresh look into some legal and statutory powers given
to us," he said.
As per the provision, the CVC has to inform a panel led
by the Cabinet Secretary before initiating inquiries against
officers in the rank of joint secretary and above in the
The CVC has also advocated use of technology to weed out
"We have asked government departments to use information
technology enabled services including floating tenders for
procurement and in recruitment to keep at bay human
interference," said Sinha.
The CVC disposed of 1,266 cases in April 2010 which had
been referred to it for advice.
The Commission has advised imposition of major penalties
against 99 officers including 15 from Central Board of Excise
and Customs, 13 from State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, 11 from
Coal India Ltd, 8 from Ministry of Railways and seven each
from UCO Bank and Bank of Baroda.
The anti-corruption watchdog has made recoveries to the
tune of Rs 4.70 crore from different departments for
irregularities in public procurement during April.