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GUWAHATI, May 31 � The Court of the Special Judge, Assam, has directed the officers-in-charge of 16 police stations in seven districts to file chargesheets within one month against 37 public servants accused in different offences involving taking of bribes and other offences under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Following the Supreme Court�s directive dated January 31, 2012 in the Subramaniam Swamy case, almost all the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of 26 districts of Assam had submitted reports to the Special Judge, Assam, in detail for prosecution sanction against public servants charged with corruption pending before the State Government.

The court also came down hard on the State Government, saying that for reasons best known to it, the Government kept delaying accordance of prosecution sanction in several cases.

The court noted that in two cases, the District Magistrate, Kamrup, did not accord prosecution sanction in two cases though the application for prosecution sanction was filed by the investigating police officer in November 2002.

�The prosecution sanction application filed in Mangaldoi PS case no 109/95 by the investigating police officer on October 6, 1995 to the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Home and Political Department but it was not granted even after 16 years,� the court observed.

Different applications for prosecution sanctions were submitted to the Government of Assam in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2998 but the Government �had unnecessarily delayed� the decision to accord prosecution sanction for �unknown reason�, the court noted.

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Court directs police to file chargesheets

GUWAHATI, May 31 � The Court of the Special Judge, Assam, has directed the officers-in-charge of 16 police stations in seven districts to file chargesheets within one month against 37 public servants accused in different offences involving taking of bribes and other offences under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Following the Supreme Court�s directive dated January 31, 2012 in the Subramaniam Swamy case, almost all the Superintendents of Police (SPs) of 26 districts of Assam had submitted reports to the Special Judge, Assam, in detail for prosecution sanction against public servants charged with corruption pending before the State Government.

The court also came down hard on the State Government, saying that for reasons best known to it, the Government kept delaying accordance of prosecution sanction in several cases.

The court noted that in two cases, the District Magistrate, Kamrup, did not accord prosecution sanction in two cases though the application for prosecution sanction was filed by the investigating police officer in November 2002.

�The prosecution sanction application filed in Mangaldoi PS case no 109/95 by the investigating police officer on October 6, 1995 to the Secretary to the Government of Assam, Home and Political Department but it was not granted even after 16 years,� the court observed.

Different applications for prosecution sanctions were submitted to the Government of Assam in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2998 but the Government �had unnecessarily delayed� the decision to accord prosecution sanction for �unknown reason�, the court noted.

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