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Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

Bill has new measures to prevent corruption

Rajya Sabha has passed Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to amend various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), 1988.
The amendment to PCA, 1988 was necessitated to review its existing provisions to bring it in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as agreed by India.
 Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

Related History:


  • The amendments to PCA, 1988 were first brought by UPA government in 2013.
  • The Bill was then referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Law Commission of India (LCI) and then in December 2015 to a select committee.
  • The report of the select committee was submitted in 2016 and again it was moved in August 2017, but was not been taken up.


Features of the Bill:


  • Giving bribe made a punishable offence: 
  • The Bill introduces the offence of ‘giving a bribe’ as a direct offence.
  • However, a person who is compelled to give bribe who reports the matter to law enforcement authorities within seven days will not be charged with this offence.

Redefines Criminal misconduct: 


  • The bill redefines provisions related to criminal misconduct to cover only two types of offences viz. illicit enrichment (such as amassing of assets disproportionate to one’s known income sources) and fraudulent misappropriation of property.
  • Prior approval for investigation: 
  • It makes mandatory for taking prior approval of relevant Government or competent authority to conduct any investigation into offence alleged to have been committed by a public servant. 
  • Such approval will not be necessary in cases that involve arrest of person on spot on charge of taking a bribe.

Trial Time limit: 


  • As per the Bill, trial by the special judge should be completed within two years.
  • In case of delays, reasons for it must be recorded for every extension of six months obtained. 
  • However, total period for completion of trial may not exceed four years.


Questions:
Q1. What is the maximum limit for the total period for completion of the trial as per this Bill?
7 Years
5 Years
2 Years
4 Years
Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 Rajya Sabha passes Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 Reviewed by Ramandeep Singh on July 22, 2018 Rating: 5

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