Govt to try get Foreigners` Bribery Bill passed

Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 00:19

New Delhi: Government will try to get cleared
by Parliament the Foreigners` Bribery Bill, which makes
accepting and giving gratifications by foreign public
officials as a criminal offence, in the second half of the
budget session in April.

This was stated by Minister of State for Personnel V
Narayanasamy today at the 13th D P Kohli memorial lecture
organised by the CBI here.

"In order to ensure probity in internatinal public life
and foreign business dealings, the Foreigners` Bribery Bill
has been introduced in the parliament in 2011 for preventing
corruption relating to foreign public officials and officials
of public international organisations," Narayanasamy said.

He said with India ratifying UN Convention against
corruption, this bill seeks to bring to justice, illegal acts
of both Indian and foreign officials of international
organisations.

"Once passed by Indian Parliament, this piece of
legislation shall go a long way in addressing the concerns
arising out of threats posed by corruption and money power to
public institutions. I am sure that countries, with whom we
subsequently enter into agreements, shall duly reciprocate
India`s efforts to enforce provisions of this bill," he said.

On the issue of CBI`s role in the proposed Lokpal regime,
he assured the agency that its functional and financial
independence will remain intact.

"I reiterate Government of India`s resolve to extend all
possible assistance to CBI in all its endeavours and wish to
assure this august audience that the government stands
committed in its efforts to see India emerging as a
transparent and corruption free country," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 00:19

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