LSP welcomes SC verdict unshackling CBI
The Loksatta Party today welcomed the Supreme Court judgement quashing Section 6A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act that mandates the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take prior sanction of the Government before investigating an officer of the rank of joint secretary and above in corruption cases.
In a statement, Loksatta Party National President Dr Jayaprakash Narayan recalled that the Loksatta for long has been demanding the repeal of the patently unconstitutional section. In a presentation to a Parliamentary Committee on amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act recently, the party reiterated its demand.
Dr JP pointed out that when the courts held what was earlier known as the single directive unconstitutional, the Centare incorporated Section 6A in the DPE Act and grabbed the power to interfere in crime investigation.
Now that the section has been quashed, Dr JP said the CBI was free to investigate cases of corruption against any functionary without prior Government consent.
'This blow in favour of rule of law will ensure that all public servants are treated alike'.
Dr Narayan said Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code which mandate prior Government sanction for proceeding against corrupt Government officials should also be amended.
These sections, Dr Narayan said have been routinely abused by successive governments to shield corrupt officials. Such a power, if needed, should be transferred to the Lokpal/Central Vigilance Commission at the national level and the Lokayukta at the State level, Dr JP suggested.
(Posted on 07-05-2014)