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telegraphindia.com 06 Sep, 2021 20:45 am

Seek prior approval to probe corrupt ministers, other officials: Centre to cops

Seek prior approval to probe corrupt ministers, other officials: Centre to cops
According to a Personnel Ministry order, all administrative authorities have been asked to ensure 'strict compliance' of the SOPs

An amendment carried out in the over 30-year-old Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 1988 in July 2018 bars a police officer from conducting "any enquiry or inquiry or investigation into any offence alleged to have been committed by a public servant" without "the previous approval" of the authorities.They provide for stage-wise processing of information received by a police officer, specify the rank of the police officer to seek prior approval and lay down a single-window procedure for it among others, said the order issued to secretaries of the central and state government departments.The SOPs make it mandatory for a police officer to verify whether the information received by him pertains to the allegation of the commission of an offence by a public servant or whether it contains information to identify the public servant(s) against whom the offence has been alleged.“The police officer in receipt of an information shall place the matter before the police officer of appropriate rank for seeking previous approval,” it said.

The SOPs have specified the police officer of appropriate rank who will make a proposal to the appropriate government/authority in respect of a person who is or has been a public servant, said the order.The police officer of appropriate rank will decide upon whether the information received merits to be "enquired" or inquired into or investigated, it said.

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