SC order on prosecution: Govt seeks AG opinion
The government has sought the Attorney General's opinion on whether to seek a review of the Supreme Court judgment, which last week made it mandatory for the competent authorities to decide on granting sanction against public servants within four months.
The PMO, in a letter to the law ministry, directed it to provide opinion on four questions arising out of the judgment, which came down heavily on it.
The law ministry has referred the matter to Attorney General GE Vahanvati.
The PMO, in its letter had asked the legal arm of the government whether "a review petition should be filed in the SC against the judgment".
It had also asked the law ministry to provide answers on whether the verdict had made any adverse comments on "named or unnamed" officials of the PMO and also if any immediate steps were required on the relevant section under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Vahanvati is expected to give his opinion within a week.
On January 31, the SC had ruled that the government will have to give its nod to the probe agency to prosecute a corrupt minister, official and any other public servant within four months of the request. The bench had also made it clear that till the time Parliament changes existing laws on the subject, the judgment will have the effect of a law.