The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a clause in the DPSE Act which barred the CBI from probing corruption cases against Central government babus above the rank of joint secretary without a prior nod from the government saying it was discriminatory as it treated officers as per their status. “… classification which is made in Section 6-A on the basis of status in government service is not permissible under Article 14 as it defeats the purpose of finding prima facie truth into the allegations of graft, which amount to an offence under the PC Act, 1988.”
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