Lok Sabha passes anti-graft amendment Bill


  • The Lok Sabha passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that seeks to punish bribe-givers and bribe-takers.

About the Bill:

  • The Bill provides for jail terms of three to seven years, besides fine, to those convicted of taking or giving bribes to public officials.
  • The Bill also extends the ambit of public servants who will be protected by the provision of a prior government sanction for prosecution.
  • There is also a provision now to get prior permission for starting an investigation and that has prompted many to say that the law has been “diluted” from its original draft.
  • Safeguards had been provided to ensure that honest officers were not intimidated by false complaints.
  • In a departure from the earlier anti-corruption law, the current law makes a distinction between “collusive bribe givers” and those who are “coerced.” In such cases, the Bill seeks to protect those who report the matter within seven days.

Lok Sabha passes anti-graft amendment Bill

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