“The grant of sanction is an administrative act and the purpose is to protect the public servant from harassment by frivolous or vexatious prosecution and not to shield the corrupt,” the Central Vigilance Commission said
Annoyed over inordinate delay in graft cases, the Central Vigilance Commission has directed all government departments to follow a four-month time limit to decide grant of sanction for prosecution against a corrupt public servant.
In a latest directive issued today, the anti-corruption watchdog has cited Supreme Court judgements to expedite cases pending permission to prosecute a corrupt government official and told all ministries/departments to adhere to the CVC and apex court's guidelines in "letter and spirit".
"The grant of sanction is an administrative act and the purpose is to protect the public servant from harassment by frivolous or vexatious prosecution and not to shield the corrupt," the Commission said. It clarified that the question of giving opportunity to the public servant at that stage does not arise and the sanctioning authority has only to see whether the facts would prima facie constitute the offence.
The CVC advised all concerned competent authorities that while processing requests of sanction of prosecution, the "time limits laid down by the Apex Court are adhered to in letter and spirit". Citing a verdict by the apex court, the probity watchdog said that "time limit of three months for grant of sanction for prosecution must be strictly adhered to.
However, additional time of one month may be allowed where consultation is required with the Attorney General or any other law officer in the AG's office".
According to a latest data, the CVC is awaiting sanction to prosecute 47 officials from various central government departments/ministries in 29 cases of alleged corruption.
“The delay in giving sanction for prosecution act as a hindrance in processing a case of corruption against accused official. The Commission has been concerned over serious delay in according the sanction by departments concerned. The latest directive would help in expediting the graft cases," a CVC official said.
“The agreements signed today by development banks of BRICS countries will boost trade by offering credit in our local currency,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said
In an initiative to promote trade in local currencies, the BRICS nations on signed two agreements to provide line of credit to business community and decided to examine the possibility of setting up a development bank on lines of multilateral lending agencies.
The agreements were signed by officials of five countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- at the fourth BRICS summit in New Delhi.
“The agreements signed today by development banks of BRICS countries will boost trade by offering credit in our local currency,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a media statement after the meeting.
The Master Agreement on Extending Credit Facility in Local Currency and the Multilateral Letter of Credit Confirmation Facility Agreement are being perceived as a step towards replacing the dollar as the main unit of trade between them.
Such intra-BRICS initiatives, according to officials, will not only contribute to enhanced trade and investments among the nations but would also facilitate economic growth in difficult economic times.
As regards the initiative to set up a BRICS Development Bank on the lines of multilateral lending agency, Singh said the proposal would be examined by the finance ministers.
“A suggestion has been made to set up a BRICS development bank, we have directed our FM to examine the proposal and report back by next summit,” Singh said.
The initiative to set up a BRICS Development Bank on the lines of the World Bank would allow the member countries to pool resources for infrastructure development and could also be used to lend during the difficult global environment.
Intra-BRICS trade is about $230 billion and has the potential of more than doubling to $500 billion by 2015.
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum held that the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd ignored the principle of "natural justice" as it was duty bound to inform the complainant (Ashok Kureel) about bouncing of his cheque
ICICI Prudential has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs7.15 lakh to one of its insurance policy holders, for not informing him that his cheque for second year's premium had been dishonoured, and not giving him the opportunity to renew his life-time pension scheme.
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum held that the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd ignored the principle of "natural justice" as it was duty bound to inform the complainant (Ashok Kureel) about bouncing of his cheque.
"The conduct of insurance company was not in accordance with natural justice. It should have informed the complainant about the dishonour of the cheque and he should have been called upon to make the payment for renewal of the original policy," the forum said.
South Delhi resident, Kureel had alleged in his plea that the ICICI Prudential did not only fail to inform him about the dishonour of cheque, but also converted his life-time pension scheme to 'paid-up' on the ground that he defaulted in payment of second year's premium. He said that after receiving the cheque for second premium in November 2008, the company had issued him a renewal receipt and a consolidated premium certificate in January 2009 for the period 2008-09.
In its defence, the company said it had duly informed Kureel to renew his policy despite which he failed to do so, and as premium was not paid by the due date, the life cover and rider benefit, if any, available to Kureel ceased as per the terms and conditions of the scheme.
The forum observed "the cheque was received by the company in November 2008 and till February 2009 it remained silent and did not inform the complainant". It directed the company to return Rs7,00,000, the first premium of the policy, along with Rs10,000 compensation for causing harassment and Rs5,000 as litigation charges.