‘Probing probity not an anathema’
“PROBITY in public life is a concern of all citizens. The interest of polity is to see that its public servants are above board. Probing the probity of persons in high power is not an anathema. The allegations or accusations against the persons in power can be purged only through an independent investigation process which is fair, just, reasonable and transparent which a public servant should find as a stage to vindicate his stand. When allegations of such serious nature had been made, an honest endeavour should have been taken by the persons in power to voluntarily transfer the case to an independent agency to clear the cloud so that it would instill confidence in the minds of citizens,” the judge added.
“In view of the above observations, this court directs the respondent to hand over the entire case papers and files relating to the complaint filed by the petitioner (along with the materials collected so far) to the Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (South Zone) within a week and the Joint Director shall depute an officer under him in the rank of a Superintendent of Police who shall independently conduct a preliminary enquiry afresh examining the petitioner/informant, officials of the World Bank and other persons wconnected with the projects mentioned in the complaint and conclude the same preferably within three months. If the enquiry discloses offences of cognisable nature, he shall register a case and proceed in accordance with law,” the judge said.