Govt to move bill to tackle bribery by foreign officials

New Delhi: A Bill that makes accepting or giving bribe by foreign public officials a criminal offence entailing imprisonment of up to seven years among others strict penal provisions will be moved afresh in the Parliament by the Government.

.Union Law Minister D V  Sadananda Gowda
.Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda

The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, 2011, lapsed with the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in May last year.

The Bill is proposed to be introduced afresh and Law Commission of India has been asked to provide their views and comments, official sources said.

However, it has not yet been decided whether it will be moved in the monsoon session of the Parliament which begins from tomorrow, they said.

The legislation will be a stand alone law to deal with bribery by foreign public officials. Bribery by foreign nationals is not covered under any domestic anti-corruption laws at present.

The 2011 version of the Bill has provision to punish both bribe taker and giver. It also empowers the government to enter into agreements with other countries or contracting states for enforcing this law and for exchange of investigative information.

The government will also give notices for consideration of the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which are pending in Rajya Sabha, the sources said.