New amendments has provisions for classifying corruption as a heinous crime and longer prison terms for both the bribe giver and the bribe taker.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, that provide for classifying corruption as a heinous crime and longer prison terms for both bribe-giver and bribe- taker. The proposed amendment act will also ensure speedy trial, limited to two years, for corruption cases.
“The proposed amendments would fill in perceived gaps in the domestic anti-corruption law and also help in meeting the country’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption more effectively,” an official privy to the details of the decision said. The measures approved include penal provisions being enhanced from minimum 6 months to 3 years and from maximum five years to seven years.
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