CVC sets deadline to grant sanction for CBI action

In order to reduce unnecessary delays in granting sanction for prosecution against officials to CBI, the Central Vigilance Commission has framed a new three-week deadline for ministries and departments.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 19:10 PM IST

New Delhi: In order to reduce unnecessary
delays in granting sanction for prosecution against officials
to CBI, the Central Vigilance Commission has framed a new
three-week deadline for ministries and departments to decide
on the issue as compared to the earlier three month timeline.

The CVC, in its latest guidelines to check delays on this
issue, has also said if any government or public sector body
fails to send its recommendations within the new 21-day
deadline, it will tender its advice on sanction for
prosecution on the CBI`s request "suo moto".
The vigilance watchdog has, however, also granted ten
days more for filing the recommendations after the three-week
deadline to the concerned bodies.

"It has been prescribed that Ministries, Departments,
Organisations are required to formulate their tentative views
within three weeks of receipt of CBI`s requests seeking
sanction for prosecution and seek the advice of the
Commission.

"It has come to the notice of the Commission that the
provisions of the (earlier three month) DoPT circular...are
not strictly adhered to. It is therefore, decided that in case
the Commission does not receive communication or comments on
CBI report from the competent authority within three weeks,
the Commission would suo moto tender its advice," the new CVC
circular said.

The circular has been sent to all ministries, public
sector enterprises, boards, autonomous organisations, chief
vigilance officers (CVOs) of various departments under the
CVC`s purview along with the CBI.

"Any communication or comments received from competent
authority after three weeks but before 31 days will be
entertained by the Commission as a reconsideration request and
CVC within a fortnight, after consulting experts, will tender
its advice.
"Any communication or comments received from competent
authority after 31 days of receipt of CBI`s report will not be
entertained by the Commission and will be sent to DoPT for a
final decision," the circular said.

A sanction for prosecution from the concerned department
is required by the CBI to launch penal action against an
official working in a government ministry, public sector
institution or autonomous organisations.

PTI