CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered notice on a PIL challenging a GO dated February 2 this year of the State Personnel and Administrative Reforms (N) Department, which stated that “in respect of allegations of corruption against public servants relating to acts made in an official capacity, irrespective of the rank or group of the public servants complained against the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption shall forward the complaints to the Vigilance Commission and it shall, in turn, seek and consider the remarks of the government, before ordering an appropriate enquiry by the DVAC.”
When the matter came up before the first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh on Tuesday, Government Pleader STS Moorthy took notice of the Chief Secretary of the TN government. Counter-affidavits are to be filed within four weeks and rejoinders to be filed within two weeks thereafter, the bench said and posted it for further hearing on June 13. Petitioner P Pugalenthi submitted that the GO went against the judgments of the SC and its purpose. Moreover, the GO was discriminatory, he contended.