The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today asked the state government to file a detailed counter-affidavit after eight weeks on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by IPS officer Amitabh Thakur and his wife Nutan praying for making various state investigating agencies free from government control.
The agencies mentioned in the PIL include the Vigilance Establishment,Economic Offences Wing (EOW),CB-CID,anti-corruption organisation (ACO) and special investigation bureau of the cooperative cell. The bench comprising Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Devendra Kumar Arora heard the PIL.
Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal said she informed the court about a government order dated October 30,2006 stating that EOW will have to seek approval from the government for initiating an investigation and filing the reports. Godiyal said the court has asked the government to apprise the court if any such order for other probe agencies were also available.
One of the petitioners,Thakur,who appeared in person,said he had prayed through the PIL that under the Criminal Procedure Code,the complete responsibility and power related to probe and inquiry lies with the investigating officer (IO) and his senior officials. But in UP,the reports are sent to state government for final decision,he added.