The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed anti-corruption amendment bill aiming at enhancing penalty for graft to a maximum of seven years from the present five years.
The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2015 aims to provide a shield of protection to government employees after they have resigned or retired from the service.
Union cabinet had on April 29, 2015 given its nod to official amendments to the bill that provides for more stringent punishment for the offences of bribery -- both for the bribe giver and the bribe taker.
The cabinet has enhanced penal provisions under the bill from minimum six months to three years and from maximum five years to seven years.
The seven year imprisonment brings corruption to the heinous crime category.
The bill also proposes to ensure speedy conclusion of corruption-related cases by providing that trial be completed within two years period.
The amendments being brought through the bill also proposes to confer the powers of attachment upon the trial court (Special Judge) instead of the District Court.
It is proposes to extend the protection of prior sanction for prosecution to public servants who cease to hold office due to retirement, resignation etc.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: IST