Govt to try get Foreigners` Bribery Bill passed
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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.


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

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