In a historical decision, the Supreme Court has tightened the grip of rule of law on the politicians. The message is clear, the lawmakers are not themselves above the law.
In the ruling, the Supreme Court said that no any prior sanction is required to start the proceedings if any former MP, MLA or chief minister has been accused in the case of corruption.
The SC has rejected the petitions filed by Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and Parkash Singh Badal in which they had challenged the grant of sanction to prosecute them in corruption cases.
The nitish government had granted the sanction to prosecute Lalu and Rabri in his first short tenure in the disproportionate assets case.
Both the former CMs also questioned the grant of sanction by the then Bihar Governor B C Pandey on March 10, 2000 to prosecute them.
On the other hand, Court said in the case of Prakash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Rajender Kaur Bhattal, the Bench of Justice Arijit Parsayat and Justice S H Kapadia said that the trial would go on as it is going.
This is no doubt that this excellent ruling would really help the administration to establish the rule of law in the country. The Judiciary has clearly given the hint that no body is above the law. This ruling would help to empower the common man against the powerful folks of the society.