Justice Ripusudan Dayal (Retd.) & Ors. Vs. State of M.P. & Ors.

Justice Ripusudan Dayal (Retd.) & Ors. Vs. State of M.P. & Ors.
Quashing of complaint – Corruption – Not quashed
Writ Petition (Civil) No. 613 of 2007-Decided on 25-2-2014.
The present writ petition, under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, has been filed by the petitioners challenging the validity of certain letters issued by Mr. Qazi Aqlimuddin – Secretary, Vidhan Sabha (Respondent No.4 herein) on various dates against them with regard to a case registered by the Special Police Establishment (SPE) of the Lokayukt Organisation, against the officials of the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat as well as against the concerned officials of the Capital Project Administration- the Contractor Company alleging irregularity in the construction work carried out in the premises of Vidhan Sabha….. In the present case, the action taken by the petitioners is within the powers conferred under the above statutes and, therefore, the action taken by the petitioners is legal. Further, initiation of action for which the petitioners are legally empowered, cannot constitute breach of any privilege….. Under the provisions of Section 39(1)(iii) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, every person who is aware of the commission of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act is duty bound to give an information available with him to the police. In other words, every citizen who has knowledge of the commission of a cognizable offence has a duty to lay information before the police and to cooperate with the investigating officer who is enjoined to collect the evidence…read more