While interacting Friday at MCC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Rajiv, Central Vigilance Commissioner asked for a comprehensive and holistic approach to tackle the multi-dimensional problems of corruption and sought independence and autonomy of anti-corruption agencies like CVC and CBI. He also emphasised on quick and speedy resolution of trials in corruption cases. He informed that the CBI courts investigated 803 corruption cases in 2014 with a conviction rate of 69 per cent as on December 2014, there were 6,527 cases under trial pending in various courts of which about 1500 cases were more than 10 years old.
He mentioned that the proposed amendment in the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 provides for most stringent punishment which may be extended to 10 years behind the bar and stipulates to complete all corruption trials within two years. So far anti-corruption efforts have largely been focused on demand side i.e. the public servant receives or solicits bribes and felt that there is a need to focus on the supply side of the corruption i.e. the offering of bribes.
He further said corruption politically an obstacle to democracy and rule of law. Economically it depletes a country’s wealth often diverting it to corrupt officials pocket.
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