Lok Sabha on Wednesday gives its nod to the changes in the 1968 anti-graft law in the parliament to punish those who not only takes the bribe but also to the bribe givers.
The move came as an effect of the Modi government’s zero tolerance motive towards the corruption. The new law will increase the transparency and accountability of the government.
The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with a voice note saying that the move will ensured that the honest officials will not be harassed. Not only taking the bribe but giving bribe would also be a crime.
The existing bill of 1968 is grafted with 43 amendments and verdicts would be given for ordinary two years. The immunity against the arrest would be applicable to all levels of officers while the existing providing was given immunity to only the post of joint secretary and above.
Many provisions were ensured for the speedy trials of corruption cases even after the retirement from the complaints and bribe givers will be punished to a minimum of three year imprisonment which can extend up to seven years.
However, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that his party will support the ruling government if they corruption in real rather than making claims.
He said, “Under your Rule, India, which was known as land of saints, has turned into land of scamsters….Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and many others fled the country after defaulting on banks’ money”.