31 cases pending for sanction
Bhopal:Taking strong objection to the State government’s dillydallying in giving prosecution sanction against government employees booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Lokayukta PP Naolekar has written a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to issue prosecution sanction within three months.
Naolekar also sent a copy of the letter to the chief secretary R Parasuram quoting high court’s directives in this regard.“ The letter has been sent to chief minister and chief secretary both seeking prosecution sanction against officers who are booked by the agency and charge sheets are pending against them,” Lokayukta Naolekar said.“ The high court’s division bench issued directives to set time limit for three months for prosecution sanction,” the ombudsman said. The state government cannot put on hold prosecution sanction after the high court directives. Earlier, the supreme court had upheld the stipulation that government should issue prosecution sanction in three months.
At present, 31 cases involving three cases of IAS officers – Ramesh Thete, CB Singh, the then commissioner of Indore Municipal Corporation and Ajeeta Bajpai, the then member ( finance) MPEB, Jabalpur – are pending with the State government for prosecution sanction. Even ombudsman’s proposal for seeking prosecution sanction is pending since 2009 in many cases. The government will have to issue sanction in three months for its employees and two months for employees of local bodies.