The Central Bureau of Investigation must be able to differentiate between a genuine error committed during decision-making by a bureaucrat and a corrupt practice, finance minister Arun Jaitley has said.
Speaking at the annual CBI day lecture in New Delhi on Monday, Jaitley’s attempts to allay fear among government servants sounded similar to speeches of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and ex-finance minister P Chidambaram.
“We need to revisit provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act,” Jaitley said. Phrases like “corrupt means”, “public interest” and “pecuniary advantages” have to be redefined in the present context to differentiate between an act of corruption and honest error. We have to see the global best practices and kind of bribery laws that are internationally followed,” he added.
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