Govt mulls bringing corporates under proposed anti-graft law

Govt mulls bringing corporates under proposed anti-graft law

Govt mulls bringing corporates under proposed anti-graft law

In view of complaints of corruption in the private sector, the government is considering bringing corporates under a proposed anti-graft law.

Official sources said the chiefs of the Central Vigilance Commission, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate have been called in by a parliamentary standing committee next week to give their views in this regard.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, is examining the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Act-2011 aimed at criminalising foreign bribery and offences thereof.

The Act has been passed by the Lok Sabha and awaiting nod from the upper house of Parliament.

"A letter has been sent to the CVC, CBI and ED seeking their response through an in-person presentation/submission on the matter. They have been asked to appear before the Committee on January 24," a source said.

"The Committee is also considering to bring corporates or private industrial houses in the ambit of the proposed bill," he added.

The Bill prohibits accepting gratification by foreign public officials as also giving gratification to foreign public officials, while also proposing provisions for rendering assistance and cooperation among nations and making the offence punishable to a minimum of six months jail term to a maximum of seven years.

It also envisages provisions for attachment, seizure and confiscation etc., of property in a contracting State or India and extradition of accused persons.

Foreign bribery is not covered under any domestic anti-corruption laws at present.