Free Press Journal
  • Promotion of corruption act is now in place

    Last week the government finally got the Parliament to clear the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act (PCAA). It appears to make the right sounds. It aims to provide good deterrents to prevent corruption. But read between the lines, and the laws appear to be aimed at protecting criminals by ensuring that evidence against them never gets recorded.

  • Maharashtra GST official arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau for demanding bribe

    Thane, A woman GST official was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a trader to process a VAT refund, a senior official said today. Bharti Kolte (46), attached to the Sales Tax wing of the Goods and Services Tax department, had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh from a trader who in turn approached the Thane unit of the ACB with a complaint,

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    Court can proceed with case even if co-accused public servant dies: HC

    Mumbai: A private person involved in a graft case can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act  even after the death of a co-accused public servant if the trial court has already framed charges, the Bombay High Court has ruled. Provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are invoked in a case only when one or more accused are public servants.

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    SC to hear plea seeking consecutive sentence for corruption on May 7

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on May 7 hear a petition seeking direction that the sentences under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, Prohibition of Benami Property Transaction Act, 1988, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, And Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) should run consecutively, instead of concurrently.

  • Fodder scam  Lalu gets 14 yrs in prison

    Ranchi : RJD supremo Lalu Prasad was sentenced to 14 years in jail and fined Rs 60 lakh by a special CBI court in connection with the fourth fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury in the early 1990s, a CBI counsel said here.

  • Bill to tackle fugitive economic offenders

    New Delhi : The government has readied a legislation to be introduced in the second half of Parliament’s budget session starting from March 5 to confiscate and sell assets of the economic offenders fleeing from the country to settle the creditors’ due of Rs 100 crore or more.

  • Maharashtra: 16 years on, retired IT officer gets convicted in graft case

    Thane: More than 16 years after he was trapped while taking a bribe, an Income Tax officer, since retired, was sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment by a court here. District judge Vilas V Bambarde last week convicted Nivrutti Lokhande (75).

  • ‘Punish public servants seeking bribes’

    Mumbai : The Bombay High Court recently voiced its concern over the rise in incidents of government servants accepting or demanding bribe. The HC observed public servants seeking bribe, must be dealt with “stern” action and punished, if found guilty.

  • DMK seeks fresh vote of confidence

    Chennai : The opposition DMK on Saturday petitioned Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao to order a fresh Vote of Confidence in the state assembly and order a probe by agencies under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

  • DA case: Virbhadra moves to SC against dismissal of plea in Delhi HC

    New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court verdict refusing to quash a disproportionate assets case against him, and accused the NDA government of “political vendetta”. Singh, in his plea, sought immediate stay of the high court order and claimed that with the change in government at the Centre, the stand of the CBI has also altered.

  • RBI officials in net for illegal currency swap

    New Delhi : The CBI has arrested two employees of cash department of Reserve Bank of India in Bengaluru in connection with alleged conversion of Rs 1.99 crore of demonetised currency with specified bank notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 100.

  • ED questions V K Singh over loan default case

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate today questioned a close aide of Union Minister and former army chief V K Singh in connection with its money laundering probe in a case of alleged financial irregularities in supply of high-altitude tents worth Rs 22 crore to intelligence agency RAW.