Repeat offenders of corruption will get an enhanced jail term of a minimum five years if amendments being moved by the NDA government go through. Courts will have to finish all corruption trials within two years but the government is giving leeway to judges to stretch the deadline to four years if written reasons are recorded.
The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 brought by the erstwhile UPA government and still pending in the Rajya Sabha had enhanced the punishment for corruption from a minimum of six months to three years and a maximum of five years to seven years in jail.
Just as the change brought by the UPA for a stricter sentence for repeat offenders in case of rape, the 2013 corruption law proposed that any person convicted for the second time in a corruption case will face a maximum sentence of 10 years rather than seven years as in the first offence. The change being further brought by NDA now is that the minimum punishment for a repeat offender of corruption has also been increased from three to five years. “This will be a further deterrent for repeat cases of corruption by the same official,” a senior official told ET.
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