Sanction for prosecution within time limit: CVC
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 15:29
  
New Delhi: Annoyed over inordinate delay in graft cases, the Central Vigilance Commission has directed all government departments to follow a four-month time limit to decide grant of sanction for prosecution against a corrupt public servant.

In a latest directive issued today, the anti-corruption watchdog has cited Supreme Court judgements to expedite cases pending permission to prosecute a corrupt government official and told all ministries/departments to adhere to the CVC and apex court's guidelines in "letter and spirit".

"The grant of sanction is an administrative act and the purpose is to protect the public servant from harassment by frivolous or vexatious prosecution and not to shield the corrupt," the Commission said.

It clarified that the question of giving opportunity to the public servant at that stage does not arise and the sanctioning authority has only to see whether the facts would prima facie constitute the offence.

The CVC advised all concerned competent authorities that while processing requests of sanction of prosecution, the "time limits laid down by the Apex Court are adhered to in letter and spirit".

Citing a verdict by the apex court, the probity watchdog said that "time limit of three months for grant of sanction for prosecution must be strictly adhered to. However, additional time of one month may be allowed where consultation is required with the Attorney General or any other law officer in the AG's office".

According to a latest data, the CVC is awaiting sanction to prosecute 47 officials from various central government departments/ministries in 29 cases of alleged corruption.

"The delay in giving sanction for prosecution act as a hindrance in processing a case of corruption against accused official. The Commission has been concerned over serious delay in according the sanction by departments concerned. The latest directive would help in expediting the graft cases," a CVC official said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 15:29


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