The Supreme Court suspended on Friday the rule that the chief minister had to be asked before beginning an inquiry against officers of Grade 18 or higher.
During a hearing at the Lahore Registry, the court suspended rules 5, 6 and 10 of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Ordinance, 1961.
Officers of the Anti-Corruption Establishment had to obtain permission from the chief minister before taking action against officers of Grades 18 and above.
“What is the need to ask the chief minister for permission in independent inquiries?” asked Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. The past government’s rules made it difficult for the Anti-Corruption Establishment, he said.
The court ordered the advocate-general of Punjab to submit the government’s reply on the matter.