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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