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Complaints by post not acceptable: Court

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, June 28 � The Court of Special Judge, Assam, Guwahati, has been receiving complaints of corruption against government officials by post from people from across the State. However, as there is no legal provision for taking up complaint cases sent by post, the cases have not been registered, and in view of the developments, the court has appealed to the people not to send complaints of corruption against any public servant by post but to appear in person with the relevant documents.

�If any citizen desires to file complaint against corruption of any public servant, he may personally appear before the court with supporting documents and file a complaint against the corrupt public servant. It is also made clear that the court will not allow anyone to unnecessarily harass the public servant,� the court said in a statement.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the right of private citizens to file a complaint against a corrupt public servant must be equated with his right to access the court in order to set the criminal law into motion against a corrupt public official and this constitutional law must not be burdened with fetters.

In consonance with this legal provision, the Special Court has sent 15 complaint cases of corruption against Assam Government officials for investigation to Superintendents of Police in which complainants personally appeared before the court with supporting documents, including those obtained through application of RTI. Following the court�s direction, the Superintendents of Police of the districts concerned have started investigations against the officials.

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Complaints by post not acceptable: Court

GUWAHATI, June 28 � The Court of Special Judge, Assam, Guwahati, has been receiving complaints of corruption against government officials by post from people from across the State. However, as there is no legal provision for taking up complaint cases sent by post, the cases have not been registered, and in view of the developments, the court has appealed to the people not to send complaints of corruption against any public servant by post but to appear in person with the relevant documents.

�If any citizen desires to file complaint against corruption of any public servant, he may personally appear before the court with supporting documents and file a complaint against the corrupt public servant. It is also made clear that the court will not allow anyone to unnecessarily harass the public servant,� the court said in a statement.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the right of private citizens to file a complaint against a corrupt public servant must be equated with his right to access the court in order to set the criminal law into motion against a corrupt public official and this constitutional law must not be burdened with fetters.

In consonance with this legal provision, the Special Court has sent 15 complaint cases of corruption against Assam Government officials for investigation to Superintendents of Police in which complainants personally appeared before the court with supporting documents, including those obtained through application of RTI. Following the court�s direction, the Superintendents of Police of the districts concerned have started investigations against the officials.

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