A special court here on Wednesday ordered the superintendents of the Chief Minister's Special Vigilance Cell, Vigilance Cell (Anti-corruption) and the CID to file chargesheets against 255 government officials, including six IAS officers, accused in 21 corruption cases within 10 days of time.
The chargesheets haven't been filed by the three investigating bodies in the absence of the government's sanctions for prosecution of these civil servants even more than one year after the cases were registered.
The special court order of Justice Majed Ali came in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment passed on January 31 saying that the government should sanction prosecution of accused officials within three months under the Prevention of the Corruption Act.
"There are a total of 21 cases pending in the Chief Minster's Special Vigilance Cell, Vigilance Cell (Anti-corruption) and the CID, in which 255 government officials are accused. The special court order directed the investigating police officers of these cases not to wait for even a single day to obtain prosecution sanction from the authority concerned and to file the chargesheets within 10 days from now," said government advocate Golap Sarma.
The order also asked the superintendents of these courts to ensure the investigating officers comply with the order strictly.
The list of accused in the 21 cases includes six IAS officers, 16 state civil service officers and one former Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairperson. Among the others are seven directorate of elementary education officers, 18 assistant project officers (agriculture tech & credit), seven finance and account officers, nine executive engineers, four assistant executive engineers, 12 district elementary education officers, 30 block elementary education officers, two directors of (ITW & soil), two controllers of exams (APSC), three school inspectors, three sectional officers (E&D), 10 sectional assistant officers (E&D), 10 junior engineers, two divisional officers (soil), 88 dealing assistant and 25 other officers were listed in the court order. "The cases were pending for many years and this order is an answer to them," added Sarma.
Earlier the apex court had given the judgment on a petition filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy. In his petition, Subramanian Swamy said that the PMO took 16 months to sanction the prosecution of A Raja in the 2G scam.