Narendra Modi government crippling anti-corruption legislation: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Abhishek Manu Singhvi accused the Narendra Modi government of 'systematically crippling' the anti-corruption legislation enacted by the UPA government

IANS August 10, 2017 19:05:35 IST
Narendra Modi government crippling anti-corruption legislation: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

The Congress on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of "systematically crippling" the anti-corruption legislation enacted by the UPA government and said it had not lived up to its assurance of fast-tracking criminal cases faced by BJP MPs.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged that the Whistle Blowers Protection Act and Prevention of Corruption Act had been weakened and the Right to Information Act has been eroded.

Narendra Modi government crippling anticorruption legislation Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

"The government has a terrible track record of systematically crippling the anti-corruption legislation that the UPA government had set up," Singhvi said.

He said the Whistle Blowers Protection Act has been weakened by introducing a requirement that the information released must first be obtained by RTI.

Singhvi said the Prevention of Corruption Act has been weakened by making it easy to prosecute a coerced bribe giver but extremely difficult to prosecute a bribe taker.

"The electoral bonds is part of an elaborate scheme to smother accountability and transparency," he said.

Singhvi said the prime minister in his maiden speech in Parliament had said that he would fast-track criminal cases against MPs and promised to dispose of cases in a year.

"Three years have passed. The cases against sitting MPs and MLAs remain unresolved," he said.

Singhvi said, "31 percent of ministers in the BJP government face criminal cases and 18 percent face serious criminal charges".

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