Thursday , June 4 2020

Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment no longer needs CM’s approval for inquiries

The Supreme Court on Friday changed the rule of seeking Chief Minister’s permission before starting inquiry against officers of Grade 18 or higher.

While hearing at Lahore Registry, the court ordered rule 5, 6 and 10 of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Ordinance, 1961 to be annulled

According to these rule the anti-corruption officers had to seek permission of the concerned chief minister  before anti-corruption body could put hands on its officers.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that this is done to limit corruption at the official level and minimize the power of CM on his officers.He also said that there is no need to ask CM before inquiry is started against any officials.

The court has altered the law and has request advocate general of Punjab to submit Governments response over it.

 

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