NEW DELHI: After crackdown on black money, now Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government is bringing amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act, which will allow attachment and administration of property or confiscation of money or property procured by any means which has been described as an offence under the law.
In a written reply tabled before the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh said amendments have been proposed in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 to provide for attachment and administration of attached property as well as for confiscation of money or property procured by means of an offence under the Act.
The minister said during 2016, a total of 696 cases under the PC Act were disposed off from trial and 447 cases resulted in conviction.
In 2015, 722 cases were disposed off and 434 resulted in conviction while in 2014, 770 cases were disposed off and 509 in conviction, he added.
In response to a question, he informed the House, "A total of 683 and 437 government officials were punished departmentally during 2014 and 2015 respectively."
Giving details and, Singh said that as per the data provided by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 4,966 cases in 2014 and 5,250 in 2015 were reported under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act (including related sections of IPC), showing an increase of 5.7 per cent during the 2015 over 2014.