New Delhi: It may soon become difficult to chargesheet retired government officials for alleged acts of corruption committed during their years in service. For, the government plans to introduce a Bill in Parliament that would make it necessary for the Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, to take prior sanction from the ministries concerned before it proceeds with such cases.
“Many retired government officers have complained they are being harassed by registering corruption cases against them after service. And by then, they have no means to defend themselves in many cases,” said science and technology minister Kapil Sibal.
Sibal said the motive behind the amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act was only to bring retired officers on a par with serving government servants who enjoy a similar previlege.
CBI requires sanction from the ministry concerned to chargesheet officers of the rank of joint secretary and above.
Sibal also said the Bill would have provisions for seizure of property once it is approved to chargesheet a retired officer.
However, former CBI director P.C. Misra said this was an unethical move.
“Such a provision would definitely make it easier for corrupt officers to escape punishment once they retire. This also contradicts several Supreme Court judgements which have said that the CBI doesn’t need to take sanction for chargesheeting a retired government servant,” he said.