Parliament Passes Bill to Punish Bribe Givers, Along with Takers (Download PDF)

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Lok Sabha has passed Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018. Punishment for both bribe givers & takers is enhanced to make it deterrent for corrupt. Gifts received for established undue advantage/mala-fide motive are now considered act of corruption.

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Highlights of Bill

  • Punishment for bribe taking enhanced: Min. punishment of 3 yrs, extendable up to 7 yrs w/fine; from earlier 6 months, w/extension up to 3 yrs.

  • ‘Undue Advantage’ expanded: Earlier limited definition of “undue advantage” expanded to now include “anything other than legal remuneration”.

  • Gifts criminalized: Gifts received for established undue advantage/mala-fide motive are now considered act of corruption.

  • Collusive bribe-givers criminalized: For 1st time, giving of bribe is made direct offence on par w/taking of bribe. At same time, protection is built-in against coercive bribery, as long as victim comes forward w/i 7 days.

  • Corporate bribery criminalised: Superiors to be held if employee/agent has bribed w/their approval, for advancement of organization’s interests.

  • Immediate forfeiture: Law enforcement empowered for immediate attachment & forfeiture of illegal property of public servant, invoking provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

  • Timely trial mandated: To conclude investigation & trial w/i 2 yrs. , extendable up to 4 yrs.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 21, 2018

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