NAGPUR: The state cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday decided to amend municipal laws in order to make it mandatory to obtain the government permission for prosecution of municipal corporators and councillors for offences under CrPC and anti-corruption cases.
Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and corporation Acts identify corporators as public servants but under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) or the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, several corporation Acts do not recognize corporators as public servants. So, there was lack of clarity as to whose permission was required if criminal or corruption charges were to be initiated against a councillor or a corporator. The cabinet gave its nod for amending relevant sections of various municipal laws, including those applicable in cities like Mumbai and Nagpur, for the purpose. Read more
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