Whistleblowers: SC tells CVC to apprise it of action taken on complaints

The Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to apprise it of actions taken on complaints by whistleblowers across the country.

A Bench of Justices T S Thakur and Vikramjit Sen wanted to know from the corruption watchdog as to what independent investigation has been taken by it on complaints filed by whistleblowers. Calling for a status report, it also sought to know steps taken to prevent their harassment.

The court was hearing a 2004 PIL filed by NGO Parivartan in the wake of the killing of engineer Satyendra Dubey, then working at National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

In 2004, pursuant to the direction of the Supreme Court in the petition, a whistleblower notification was issued by the Centre making the CVC a nodal agency for the protection of whistleblowers and investigation on their complaints.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that the system that has been put in place after the SC's order of 2004, was not working at all. He claimed that it had in fact failed to give any protection to the whistleblowers from frivolous departmental proceedings.

In its order, the court also asked the CBI to file a status report regarding action taken so far on the allegations made in the letters written to the PMO and the CVO of the Ministry by Dubey in 2002.

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