PC hails SC observation on sanction of prosecution

Home Minister P Chidambaram welcomed the Supreme Court`s observation on sanctioning of prosecution of public servants.

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court`s observation on sanctioning of
prosecution of public servants, saying that the apex court has
explained the "legal position" in this regard.

"This does not concern the Ministry of Home Affairs
directly since it arises out of a criminal law, I will answer
it....I have not read the judgement but what I have gathered
is the court has said...the court has explained a legal
position on sanction and has laid down guidelines to the
competent authorities for grant of sanction," Chidambaram said
at his monthly press confernce.
"I think to an extent the Court (Supreme Court) has
explained the legal position and its laid down guidelines that
is a welcome decision. All sanctioning authorities will now
have to follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court but I am
told that because the charge sheets (in 2G case) have already
been filed, the Court does not issue the writ of `mandamus` as
prayed for or issue any further directions. I have not yet
read the full text of the judgement," he said when asked to
comment on the SC observation.

The Supreme Court today held that filing of a complaint
under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional
right of a citizen and the competent authority decide within a
time frame on granting sanction of prosecution of a public
servant.
PTI

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