Senior NSW crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, accused of perverting the course of justice has been stood down, pending an ICAC investigation.
High-ranking prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC has been accused of perverting the course of justice and will be the focus of a NSW corruption inquiry.
The deputy senior crown prosecutor, along with Stephen Wyllie, are being investigated after allegedly advising Sophia Tilley to pretend to have chest pains to avoid having a blood alcohol test following a car crash.
Ms Tilley allegedly took the advice.
Ms Cunneen has stood aside from her duties until ICAC's investigations have been completed.
"The Director of Public Prosecutions has advised me that in discussions with Ms Cunneen SC she has agreed that it is appropriate for her to stand aside and to have no active involvement in any current prosecution or future prosecution until the resolution of the ICAC hearing, whereupon the situation will be reviewed," Attorney-General Brad Hazzard said in a statement.
"It is important to recognise that any individual appearing before ICAC has the presumption of innocence."
The three-day inquiry begins on November 10.
Due to Ms Cunneen's standing, someone will be brought in from outside NSW to preside over the inquiry.