New Delhi: Endorsing a move to provide certain shield to retired bureaucrats, a Parliamentary Committee proposes to support a provision in an anti-corruption bill which makes it mandatory for an investigating agency to seek prior permission from the government before questioning them.
“The Committee is in agreement with the provision of the Bill extending the protection to the honest public servant who ceased to be government servant for the bonafide omission/commission during their term in office,” says the draft report of the Parliamentary Committee on Law and Personnel on the Prevention of Corruption Act (Amendment) Bill, 2013.
The committee is expected to consider the report for adoption in a couple of days.
According to the Bill, an investigating agency may have to seek prior permission from the government before questioning a retired bureaucrat in a corruption case.
The provision is aimed at protecting retired bureaucrats from frivolous complaints.
At present, there is no legal provision for investigating agencies to seek prior permissions to quiz a former government employee.