‘Prior Approval’ to Probe Public Officials

On 16th January, 2024, the Supreme Court (SC) delivered a split verdict in former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s plea to quash an FIR in the alleged skill development scam case.

  • The disagreement between Judges revolves around whether the Andhra Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID) was required to seek 'Prior Approval' from the state government before conducting an inquiry against public officials accused of corruption.

What did the SC say?

  • The Supreme Court delivered a split verdict on the interpretation and applicability of Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
  • One of the Judges held that prior approval was necessary, which ....
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