Graft is a Violation of Human Rights (High Court)

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Graft is a violation of human rights: HC

RAIPUR: The Chhattisgarh high court has described corruption as a human rights violation saying it falls in the category of economic obstacles in the realisation of all human rights.

Denying regular bail to state government officer arrested under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, a single bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal said in its verdict on Friday - a copy of which was made available on Tuesday - that corruption is "really a human rights violation, specially right to life, liberty, equality and non-discrimination and it is an economic obstacle to the realisation of all human rights".

The judge cited several Supreme Court judgments to point out that economic offences are a class apart and need to be visited with a different approach in the matter of bail.

The applicant, Dilip Kumar Diwan, deputy commissioner of the Chhattisgarh Housing Board, was arrested by the ACB in April for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.99 crore.

Justice Agrawal rejected the bail application noting that prima facie it is not a fit case where applicant can be released on bail.


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