Chief Justice of India KG. Balakrishnan said, “If a public official amasses wealth at the cost of public, then the state is justified in seizing such assets.”
“One prominent suggestion is the inclusion of a statutory remedy that will enable confiscation of properties belonging to persons who are convicted of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA),” said Balakrishnan, inaugurating a national seminar on ‘Fighting crimes related to corruption’.
The seminar organised jointly by the Central Bureau of Investigation and National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, was also attended by Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Prithviraj Chavan
The chief justice said various competent authorities, empowered under the Prevention of Corruption Act to grant sanction to various investigative agencies to prosecute corrupt officials, often deny the sanction, rendering all investigation meaningless.
“Even in instances where the investigating agencies have gathered substantial material to proceed against a person, it is felt that the necessary sanction is not given on account of extraneous considerations,” he said.
The chief justice also termed the investigative agencies’ method of marshalling several witnesses instead of one committed witness as flawed in proving a corruption case.