July 17, 2017

WITHDRAW PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO DILUTE PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION ACT: SWAMY TO PM

http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/withdraw-proposed-amendments-to-dilute-poca-swamy-to-pm.html

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NATION

Monday, 17 July 2017 | PNS | New Delhi

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the proposed amendments to dilute the Prevention of Corruption Act. The amendments are scheduled to be tabled in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

In his letter, Swamy said the “sinister move” behind these amendments is aimed at  totally diluting  the Act. Swamy said that these amendments were first initiated by the UPA regime in 2013, when series of corruption cases were rocking the Government. Then the  UPA claimed that these  clauses in the Prevention of Corruption Act deter officers from taking decisions, he said.  

The BJP leader who had initiated many cases under Prevention of Corruption Act said  that if these powerful sections were deleted, no Minister can be prosecuted for corruption. This would totally collapse the CBI’s move against corruption , he said.

“In 2G Spectrum Scam Supreme Court judgment and other judgments on corruption of public officials, this Section 13(1)(d)(iii) was heavily relied on. The UPA Government brought in this Amendment Bill in 2013 on the untenable pretext of that fear of quick prosecution under this Section, civil servants delay decisions. But this no reason for our Government, which has committed during 2014 elections to fight corruption vigorously. This Section makes it easier to prosecute Ministers who pass orders to enable their relatives and friends to benefit from illegal corrupt decisions,” said Swamy.

Swamy  has already moved a counter amendment against the Bill initiated by the Government in Rajya Sabha. He urged Prime Minister to give instructions to concerned Minister to desist from moving the  amendment provisions in the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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