March 14, 2009 1:52:34 am
Says anti-corruption body cannot seek documents for investigation
The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside an order by the Lokayukta,the anti-corruption body,directing the government to produce documents related to the purchase of 625 low-floor CNG buses for the DTC.
Justice S Ravinder Bhat made it clear that the Lokayukta cannot seek documents for investigation. The court also directed the Lokayukta to consider the objections raised by the government before deciding on a complaint filed by a BJP leader alleging corruption in the purchase of buses.
Justice Bhat also said the Lokayukta should settle the rules and procedures before going ahead with any complaint of such nature.
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The court observed that the Lokayukta should not seek verification of documents without finding a prima facie case following the complaint.
In an order on January 28,Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin had served an ultimatum to the states Transport Secretary to personally produce documents relating to the purchase of non-AC low-floor buses.
The anti-corruption cell had cautioned the government of action under various sections of the Indian Penal Code which prescribes imprisonment of six months or a fine.
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