Ahmedabad: In an order, the high court of Gujarat observed that corruption is the deadliest enemy of any free civilized society and that the society has become a victim of the widespread corruption of public officials.
Judge Gita Gopi observed him last week as she dealt with a petition filed by a certain Rajatkumar Patel from Mehsana district, who sought to protect himself and take action against certain police officers who allegedly threatened him and sought to seize his car because he had not paid a 30,000 rupee bribe. to the cops for his bail.
Patel was arrested in 2019 in cross-complaints filed in a marriage dispute. He alleged that the cops took some money from him to settle the dispute, but he was arrested anyway. He was promised a bond in return for the payment of Rs 50,000. The amount was then settled on Rs 30,000, which he did not pay. He claimed to have received threats from the cops and to have faced the seizure of his car, so he decided to contact the HC.
The judge discussed the issue of corruption at length and observed: “Corruption is the deadliest enemy of any free civilized society. The company has become a victim of the pervasive corrupt practices of public officials. ”
The court further stated that the Corruption Prevention Law should address widespread corruption among public officials. “It is social legislation defined to combat the illegal activities of public officials and is designed to be constructed liberally in order to further its purpose. ”
After discussing the provisions for filing complaints as interpreted by the Supreme Court, the HC stated that there is a restriction on the filing of a private complaint against an official by an individual. It is not forbidden for the court to learn of an offense based on incriminating evidence gathered by individuals. He added: “Corruption at any level by any person of any magnitude is condemnable and cannot be ignored by the judicial officer. The HC asked Patel to go to the Anti-Corruption Bureau or a court to seek redress for his grievance under anti-corruption laws.