SC exempts govt interference in probe of officers above Jt Secy

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New Delhi, May 6: In a thresh-breaking judgement by the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it said that no permission was required from the government to probe officers above the rank of Joint Secretary.

Axing the Section 6A of the Delhi Police Act, which mandates the permission of the government when a senior bureaucrats is being investigated. According to the court, no discrimination can be allowed when it comes to investigating the criminal or a corruption case.

It says,"The status of top bureaucrats is of no relevance in the offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act."

Prashant Bhushan, a Supreme Court lawyer said,"The order is passed by the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court which strikes down the Section 6A of the Delhi Police Act. The CBI will now not need the permission of the government to probe the officers."

Earlier, BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy filed a petition against Act 6A, accusing the Delhi Police to execute it while probing a senior level officer or a junior level officer. Ranjit Sinha, CBI director said,"We are happy with the Supreme Court's judgement."

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