CBI not to seek sanctions under CrPC in Rs 6,000-crore BoB scam

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 01:05 IST
The CBI will not seek prosecution sanctions under the CrPC in the Rs 6,000 crore Bank of Baroda (BoB) illegal forex remittances scam. (Reuters Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will not seek prosecution sanctions under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the Rs 6,000 crore-worth Bank of Baroda (BoB) illegal forex remittances scam despite a trial court questioning its first chargesheet, which was submitted in December, on legal grounds.

The court is yet to take cognizance of CBI’s chargesheet, which was filed 45-days ago, since requisite sanctions under the CrPC were not secured against the accused. The agency had then argued, that it took the sanctions against the accused under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

When asked if the agency was considering seeking fresh sanctions under CrPC in the case, a CBI source said, “CBI always takes sanctions under the PC Act in banking-related and other corruption cases, so it will not seek sanctions under the CrPC Act.”

The source said, “The CBI has submitted its grounds for securing sanctions under PC act to the competent court and the case is sub-judice.”

“The agency seeks sanctions under CrPC in cases of serious crimes where it is certain that the offences were not committed while discharging official duties,” the source added

Another source said, “We are examining all legal options to ensure that the accused are prosecuted.”

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