A writ petition was filed with the High Court today challenging legality of few sections of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) rules that curtailed police’s authority to directly record corruption cases.
Two Supreme Court lawyers Advocate Subir Nandi Das and Barrister Noshin Nowal jointly submitted the petition praying to the HC to scrap the sections concerned of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Rules-2019 saying that people’s right to lodge corruption case with the police station has been damaged due to the sections.
Citing the petition, Subir Nandi told The Daily Star that the ACC on June 20 issued a gazette notification amending the Anti-Corruption Commission Rules-2007.
It has been said in the amended rules that a citizen can lodge a graft allegation with a police station, but the police cannot record the allegation as a case.
The police station will accept the allegation as a general diary (GD) and will send the GD to the ACC and then the ACC will record the GD as a case and conduct enquiry into the case, Advocate Subir Nandi said.
The people’s right to lodge corruption case with the police station has been damaged due to the sections of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Rules-2019 which is against the relevant sections of the constitution and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), Advocate Subir Nandi said.
He said the HC may hear the petition next week.