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Lok Satta Party suggests radical changes in anti-graft laws
Lok Satta Party's national president and Foundation for Democratic Reforms' General Secretary Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan and nine other Lok Satta leaders has suggested far-reaching amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act with a view to eradicating all pervasive corruption.

The law should provide for time-bound justice and day-to-day trials, they told the Parliamentary Committee considering the Bill to amend the anti graft law in New Delhi today.

JP wanted the definition of corruption to be widened to include gross perversion of the Indian Constitution, abuse of authority to favour or harm others, obstruction of justice and squandering public resources even when no personal gain is involved.

He suggested that a distinction be made between extortionary corruption and collusive corruption. In extortionary corruption, one has to pay a bribe to get what one is entitled to. In collusive corruption, both the giver and taker of bribes defraud the society as it happened in the allocation of coal mines and 2-G spectrum.

JP said that in collusive corruption, the burden of innocence should be shifted to the accused. The law should be amended to provide for a long prison term and confiscation of all assets of the guilty.

In this connection, he cited how Rod Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois, was sentenced to a jail term of 14 years and stripped of Governor post when he sought campaign funds for nominating a successor to Barrack Obama in the U. S. Senate.

The Lok Satta party president said that there should be stiff provisions for confiscation of property in line with the draft Bill in the Law Commission’s 166th report.

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