Bangalore: Early conviction of persons charged
under the Prevention of Corruption Act can act as a deterrent
to corruption, Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde said.
"It takes as many as eight to 10 years for the trial
under this act to commence in Karnataka," he said speaking on
"Probity in Public Life" during the valedictory function of
the two-day national workshop on "Discipline and Vigilance
Administration in Public Sector Banks" here Monday.
Terming these legal procedures as "outdated", Hegde said
"nobody is interested in bringing about a change in these
"If a trial under this act concludes within six months,
the percentage of corruption can come down by 50 per cent.
Quick conviction in such cases can act as a deterrent to
corruption," he said.
Hegde said with the entire activities of banking sector
being in public domain, any misconduct by the employees
whether they are in the management cadre or below can have an
adverse impact on the society.
The bank employees are not only duty bound to help fight
corruption and aiding Ombudsman like the Lokayukta by coming
up with an "in-house mechanism", they themselves must take vow
never to accept bribe, he said.
Hegde called upon persons holding public office to
follow the seven principles of "selflessness, integrity,
objectiveness, accountability, openness and honesty and
"There is an urgent need for our generation to be
prepared for the sacrifice that may stem out of non payment of
bribe", Hegde said.
He lamented the lack of value-based education in schools
which led to the young imbibing "all wrong things".
Chairman, State Bank of India OP Bhatt, said "leadership
is not what majority wants but to do what is right".