As per norms, sanction for prosecution has to be decided within four-month time. Of the total 21 cases allegedly involving the officials, five are related to Delhi Government's Department of Trade and Taxes, two each of Defence, Finance and Personnel Ministry, as per a CVC data.

Besides these, one case each related to State Bank of India, State Bank of Patiala, Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Exim Bank, Home Ministry, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi Jal Board, Railways and Health and Family Welfare Ministry, it said. The Commission has been reminding the concerned departments to speed up the cases of pending prosecution sanction.

Citing a Supreme Court order, the CVC has told the departments that "Time limit of three months for grant of sanction for prosecution must be strictly adhered to. However, additional time of one month may be allowed where consultation is required with the Attorney General or any other law officer in the AG's office".

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