Are there any planned developments or reforms of bribery and anti-corruption laws in your jurisdiction?
Bribery & Corruption
Some of the recent planned developments / reforms in anti-corruption laws are as follows:
- The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017 (approved by the Union Cabinet, pending parliamentary approval)
- This Bill aims to stop economic offenders who leave the country after commission of an offence and avoid due process. The Bill seeks to cover within its ambit offences involving amounts of rupees hundred crore or more. This proposed law also seeks to cover those economic offences which are defined under IPC, PCA, and the Companies Act including other economic laws.
- The Whistleblowers’ Protection (Amendment) Bill 2015 (pending presidential assent)
This Bill aims to prohibit the reporting of corruption-related disclosures (by a whistleblower) if it falls under any of the prescribed categories.
- The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013, (pending parliamentary approval)
Among other reforms, this Bill seeks to amend PCA to primarily incorporate specific provisions for prosecuting ‘bribe giver’ and to include corporate entities within the scope of bribe giver.
See answer 2.
A legislative process is underway, which aims to approve a Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament similar to the one in force for members of Government, including the 150 euro limit for offers.