Review: The delegation urged Govt to review some of the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973
Why? To ensure that ‘honest and sincere officers’ are not made scapegoats for ‘bona fide’ decisions taken in public interest
Context: Recent suspension of a senior officer in the Home Ministry following the renewal of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act license to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF)
Such moves by the government would send a wrong signal, demoralising others who take decisions in public interest in good faith
Discuss the utility of Section 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 to ensure probity in civil services. Do you think there is a need to amend this section to help bureaucrats to function fearlessly?