The country’s premier investigating agency-the Central Bureau of Investigation-was unable to proceed against as many as 162 bureaucrats named in corruption cases because their political masters refused to oblige the CBI with a sanction order to do so. In a shocking revelation, it is seen that the CBI was unable to act against 162 corrupt babus due to non co-operation from their political masters. Details of cases awaiting government nod until October 31, 2009 show that 11 of these cases were against senior officers of the rank of joint secretary level and above. Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has come to the rescue of these tainted babus. It states that a civil servant can be prosecuted only after a sanction order is given by the concerned government. Until that happens, the CBI cannot proceed against the officer in a court of law. In October 2009, 142 corruption cases were waiting for sanction orders from the central government while in 20 cases, the CBI was awaiting a response from various state governments. The philosophy behind the need to obtain a mandatory sanction order before prosecuting an officer is to protect civil servants from unnecessarily being dragged into false criminal proceedings. “However, the provision obviously being misused. NIlofar Shaikh – NMTV News.
May 14, 2009