Prosecution nod not given within 90 days would amount to permission granted
Posted on: 08 Nov 2012
Thiruvananthapuram: Justice Balachandran committee has recommended that in vigilance cases, if the prosecution permission is not given within 90 days, it can be taken as permission granted. At present there is no definite rule for prosecution giving permission and the government can postpone giving permission. The committee stated that the government should take a decision within three months.
The recommendation was made in the report submitted by the committee appointed to strengthen the vigilance, lok ayukta laws and curb corruption. At present there are more than 80 cases awaiting prosecution permission.
If the crime is proved during the hearing of lokayukta, action should be taken against the accused. If he is a public servant he should be removed from the post and if it is a government official, action should follow. At present the verdict of lokayuktha is treated as recommendation only but it should be made final.
The lokayuktha must be permitted to register cases on its own. Home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the report would be submitted before the cabinet for approval. The Committee consists of former additional DGP Alphone Louis Erayil, former principal secretary Kuruvilla John and home secretary Sajan Peter.