BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the amendments meant to dilute the Prevention of Corruption Act scheduled in the current session of Parliament. In his letter, Swamy said the “sinister move” behind these amendments is to delete the power vested in Section 13(1)(d)(iii) and totally dilute the Act.
Swamy has already moved a counter amendment against the Bill initiated by the Government in Rajya Sabha.
BJP leader pointed out that these amendments were first initiated by the UPA regime in 2013, when they were caught in several scams. This dubious move by UPA claimed that the powerful clauses in the Prevention of Corruption Act deter officers from taking decisions, he said.
Swamy said that if these powerful sections were deleted, no Minister can be prosecuted for corruption. This would totally collapse the CBI’s move against corruption and further investigations, he said.
“In the 2G Spectrum Scam Supreme Court judgment and other judgments on the corruption of public officials, this Section 13(1)(d)(iii) was heavily relied on. The UPA Government brought in this Amendment Bill in 2013 on the untenable pretext that fear of quick prosecution under this Section, civil servants delay decisions. But this is no reason for our Government, which has committed during 2014 elections to fight corruption vigorously. This Section makes it easier to prosecute Ministers who pass orders to enable their relatives and friends to benefit from illegal corrupt decisions.
Thus Mr. Chidambaram’s decisions as Minister has not benefitted actually Mr. Chidambaram directly, but his son has amassed huge wealth in almost all the decisions especially in FIPB approvals,” said Swamy.
Swamy has already moved a counter amendment against the Bill initiated by the Government in Rajya Sabha. He urged Prime Minister to give instructions to concerned Minister for to desist from moving diluting amendment provisions in the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Subramanian Swamy’s detailed letter to PM is published below: