The Modi government wants to protect the honest but it might end up giving the corrupt a longer leash.
Public servants – officers, MPs and ministers alike – will now have to be given an opportunity to present their side before the Lokpal can allow anti-corruption agencies to register a case against them for bribery, according to amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC Act) to be moved in the Rajya Sabha this week.
The amendments also propose to strip anti-corruption agencies, including the CBI, from probing any corruption case on their own. Instead, the investigators will have to refer any information of corruption received by them to the Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the states.
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