Govt nod not needed to probe JC-level officers in court-monitored cases: SC
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that no prior approval from government is needed to investigate officers of joint secretary-level and above in cases where the court monitors the probe. A bench led by Justice R M Lodha clarified the law that necessity of government sanction had to be done away with whenever the court monitored the probe.
The court said that the requirement of sanction under the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act had to be reconciled in court-monitored probes since the objective of fairness in investigation was achieved through the court's orders.
The court passed the order while hearing the coal blocks allocation case where the issue regarding prior sanction had come up. The Centre had asserted that its authority for granting sanction could not be taken away even in court-monitored cases while the CBI said no such approval was required when the probe was being monitored by the court.