CBI will get functional autonomy but is under norms of executive: Fin Min
As per Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who chaired the Group of Ministers on the issue of imparting autonomy to CBI, government will give functional autonomy to it but the agency would be governed by the general rules of the executive government. He reminded that CBI is part of executive government and that it is bound by the general principles which apply to all domains of executive government. He avoided to make any remarks on the proposed abolition of section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act which deals with pecuniary advantages taken by a government.
What does Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act say?
The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 is a federal law enacted by the Parliament of India to combat corruption in government agencies and public sector businesses in India.
Section 13(1)(d) in The Prevention Of Corruption Act, 1988, a public servant is said to commit the offence of criminal misconduct, if he
(i) by corrupt or illegal means, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage; or
(ii) by abusing his position as a public servant, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage; or
(iii) while holding office as a public servant, obtains for any person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage without any public, interest.
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