India Inc calls for criminalising corruption in private sector
- IPL spot-fixing case: Net widens, police watching 3 more players, other bookies
- IPL 2013: Imperious Brad Hodge powers Rajasthan Royals to qualifier
- Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh slam BJP for disrupting Parliament, stalling bills
- IPL spot-fixing: 'Bookie' Vindoo was close to BCCI chief's son-in-law, say cops
- Jessica Lall case: Shayan Munshi to face perjury trial
India Inc has supported a proposed law to criminalise private sector bribery saying such an attempt would help in checking corruption.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has noted with approval the government attempt to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to make corruption in private sector a criminal offence.
"We believe that such a provision could be an effective deterrent and help curb corruption," it said.
The Central government has proposed to make bribery in private sector -- both giving and accepting it -- a criminal offence by amending the IPC.
However, FICCI, said that it was necessary to ensure that the amended law does not cause undue harassment to businessmen in the country.
"It is imperative that such a law be implemented only after a thorough cleansing of the existing regulations and legal provisions...
"It is also important to ensure that the amended law does not cause undue harassment to private businessmen in the country," the industry body said.
The government's move was also supported by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said that the body favours such a law which was the need of the country.
Whereas, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said it was "examining the matter internally".
The draft Indian Penal Code (Amendments) Bill, 2011, circulated to states and Union Territories by the Centre for their comments, would cover graft by an individual, firm, society, trust, association of individuals, company, whether incorporated or not, which undertakes any economic or financial or commercial activity.
At present, there are no legal provisions to check graft in the private sector.
As per the draft law, whoever in the course of economic, financial or commercial activity promises, offers or gives, directly or indirectly, any gratification, in any capacity, for a private sector entity, for the person himself or for another person shall be punishable.
- Paddy shortfall blamed for mystery death of procurement officer
- 'Bookie' Vindoo was close to BCCI chief’s son-in-law: cops
- Net widens, police watching three more players, new set of bookies
- Suspected Islamists behead soldier on London street
- Malegaon 2006 case: NIA names four right wing terror suspects
- BJP invokes 'sarcasm, ridicule' against PM