‘Prior Approval’ to Probe Public Officials

In January 2024, the issue of seeking 'Prior Approval' from the state government before conducting an inquiry against public officials accused of corruption was in news.

  • Prior Approval refers to the requirement for investigators, particularly agencies like the Crime Investigation Department (CID) or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to obtain approval from the government or a competent authority before initiating an inquiry or investigation into allegations of corruption against public officials.
  • This approval is necessary before any formal action, such as lodging an FIR (First Information Report) or conducting a detailed investigation, can take place.
  • The need for 'Prior Approval' is rooted ....
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