CBI made 3413 requests to prosecute govt officials
New Delhi, Mar 20 : From 2009 to February 2013, the CBI made 3413 requests to various ministries/departments/state governments for sanction to prosecute government officials in connection with corruption cases, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
''From 2009 to February 2013, CBI has made 3413 requests to various ministries/departments/state governments for sanction for prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Out of these, sanctions were received against 3004 requests and denied in respect of 232 requests,'' Minister of State of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension and in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy said in a written reply.
He said the Supreme Court, vide its judgment dated December 18, 1997 in the case of Vineet Narain Vs Union of India, directed 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 (AG) or any Law Officer in the AG's office.''
''In order to check delays in grant of sanction for prosecution, the Department of Personnel & Training has already issued guidelines vide its OM No 399/33/2006-AVD-III dated November 6, 2006 followed by another OM dated December 20, 2006, providing for a definite time frame at each stage for handling of requests from CBI for prosecution of public servants,'' Mr Narayanasamy said.