Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018

By August 7, 2018 December 20th, 2019 No Comments
The Parliament
has passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018. This bill
amends various provision of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
“Giving a Bribe” has been introduced as
an offence. It introduces specific provisions relating to giving bribe to a
public servant and giving a bribe by a commercial organization. Under the
provisions of this bill, the bribe giver can be punished with imprisonment up
to seven years or fine or both. It also states that if a person is compelled to
give a bribe, reports the matter to the law enforcement within seven days of
giving the bribe, that person shall not be charged with this offence.
Provision of Criminal Misconduct will
now only cover two offences;
Amassing assets disproportionate to
one’s known source of income
Misappropriation of property

The bill also states that
the trial pertaining to corruption and bribery shall be completed within two
years. Even after reasoned delayed, the trial shall be completed within four

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