The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has slammed Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) and nationalised banks for creating unnecessary delay in according sanction for prosecuting officials indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), in a missive to all the government departments and ministries.
The move came in the wake of a meeting convened by the DoPT secretary following a slew of complaints regarding the undue delay witnessed in granting sanction for prosecution by the various ministries and the departments concerned.
And the official memo dated July 20 said it had been noticed that the authority concerned had first declined sanction for the prosecution and later sought the CVC’s advice in a significant number of cases.
“This is in clear violation of DoPT instructions wherein it is stipulated that the competent authority shall take a tentative view regarding the action to be taken and seek advice,” it said.
Earlier in May, the DoPT had revised its guidelines regarding granting of sanction for prosecution, which empowered the disciplinary authority to take a final decision in such matters within three months.
And more recently in June, the CVC, in a bid to expedite the procedure constituted a nine- member expert committee to study the proposals received by it from the various ministries.
In fact, the CVC has been flooded with similar proposals which delay the prosecution in cases where the Commission had earlier granted sanction for prosecution.