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Amend Prevention of Corruption Act: Lokayukta

Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao on Wednesday sought an amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act with regard to sanction for prosecution. He said the sanction for prosecution clause was recently removed in cases of crimes against women.

Published: 30th January 2014 08:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2014 08:37 AM   |  A+A-

Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao on Wednesday sought an amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act with regard to sanction for prosecution. He said the sanction for prosecution clause was recently removed in cases of crimes against women.

“The Criminal Laws Amendment was approved recently. A sub-section has been added to Section 197 of the CrPC so that no sanction shall be required in case of a public servant accused of any sexual violence and assault against women. The same can be done with Section 19 of the Act,” Justice Rao said.

The Lokayukta police have been waiting for prosecution of sanction against 94 officials for some time now. He said he has written two letters to the Chief Secretary to speed up the sanction process.

“It is a set rule even in the Supreme Court that any request for prosecution sanction order should be disposed of within two months. If there are some queries, the concerned authority can take one more month’s time,” he said.

Former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde pressed for an amendment to the Act while speaking at the Lokayukta Day recently.

He said several SC judgments have clarified that Section 197 of CrPC (sanction for prosecution against a government servant) was not akin to Section 19 of the Act.

Section 19 mandates sanction from competent authority before prosecuting a government servant in cases of corruption.

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