Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's observation on the grant of sanction for the prosecution of public servants. The Court had explained to an extent the “legal position” for granting the sanction.

“This does not concern the Ministry of Home Affairs directly. Since it arises out of a criminal law, I will answer it. I have not read the judgment, but what I have gathered is the court has explained the legal position on sanction and has laid down guidelines to the competent authorities for grant of sanction,” Mr. Chidambaram told journalists at his monthly press conference.

“This is a welcome decision. All sanctioning authorities will now have to follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court, but I am told that because the charge sheets [in the 2G spectrum case] have already been filed, the Court has not issued the writ of mandamus as was prayed for or issued any further directions,'' he added.

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