SC disapproves sting operation, is in favour of checks

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (UNI) The Supreme Court has disapproved fake sting operations which malign social reputation of the victims of such operations citing the case of Delhi school teacher Uma Khurana and expressed its desire that there should be some checks and balances on such operations.

One of the judges of the two-judge Bench, Justice Markandey Katju, on Friday, however came out in complete support of sting operations which are aimed at exposing corruption in the society.

Justice Katju, who had once expressed his desire to hang the corrupt if the law permitted, however agreed that there should be some checks and balances when reminded of the dark side of such operations by the Presiding Judge on the Bench, Justice Altamas Kabir.

The strong observation on sting operation was made during the hearing of a petition by one Jitender Prasad who had carried out sting operation against former Union Minister and BJP leader from Chhattisgarh Dilip Singh Judeo who was allegedly caught on camera accepting money to do some favour and had also remarked ''though moeny is not god yet it is not less than god''.

Justice Katju who is known for his strong views against corruption remarked during the hearing ''I totally agree with sting operation.

Sting Operations are aimed to expose corruption in society. How can a person conducting sting operation in public interest be equated with the criminals?''.

Supreme Court judges are however sharply divided on the validity of sting operations.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan has been insisting on unconditional apology from Zee news correspondent Vijay Sekhar for dropping criminal proceedings agaist him.

Sekhar, who has refused to apologise, had obtained non-bailable warrants against the then President of India A P J Abdul Kalam, then Chief Justice V N Khare, former Supreme Court Judge B P Singh and late senior advocate R K Jain to expose corruption in district courts in Guajrat.

The supreme court issued notices to the CBI on the petition of Mr Prasad.

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