The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to examine and frame the guidelines for the conduct of the government servants outside the office premises or in public.
And the directive issued by a Bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana came on a PIL filed by Sudha Sundaraman of the All India Democratic Women’s Association and the Susheela Gopalan Trust seeking a code of conduct to be followed by public servants “outside their office”.
Besides, the court directed the petitioners to submit their suggestions before the ministry, which would then examine it for framing the guidelines.
The PIL, against the CBI and the MHA, was prompted by the intemperate remarks made by CBI director at a public function in November.
“If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it,” he was quoted as saying in the reports.
Counsel for the petitioner Kirti Singh told the Bench, “The CBI Director undermined the seriousness of the crime, which is a serious act of violence and since it (remark) was made in public it was directed towards women in general.”
Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra said “the CBI Director had apologised for his remark and that the service rules were already in place for the conduct of a public servant”.
Countering the ASG’s statement,the petitioner said the existing service rules do not provide for the conduct outside the office premises. After hearing the arguments, the court asked ASG Rajeeve Mehra to look into the matter.