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Corruption is terror: SC

Corruption is a national economic terror: SC

Terming corruption as a national economic terror, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that the government is entitled to bring special laws to control the “social calamity” which is eating away the fundamental core of elective democracy and the constitutional governance.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant upheld laws passed by Bihar and Odisha legislative assembly authorizing the probe agency to confiscate ill-gotten properties including house of the corrupt public officials even before their conviction in corruption case. The law was framed to deal with cases involving high public office or political office.

The bench held that there was no infirmities in laws and turned down a bunch of petitions filed by accused whose properties was confiscated under the Act. “In a way, corruption becomes a national economic terror. This social calamity warrants a different control and hence, the legislature comes up with special legislation with stringent provisions,” the bench said.

rming corruption as a national economic terror, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that the government is entitled to bring special laws to control the “social calamity” which is eating away the fundamental core of elective democracy and the constitutional governance.

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant upheld laws passed by Bihar and Odisha legislative assembly authorizing the probe agency to confiscate ill-gotten properties including house of the corrupt public officials even before their conviction in corruption case. The law was framed to deal with cases involving high public office or political office.

The bench held that there was no infirmities in laws and turned down a bunch of petitions filed by accused whose properties was confiscated under the Act. “In a way, corruption becomes a national economic terror. This social calamity warrants a different control and hence, the legislature comes up with special legislation with stringent provisions,” the bench said.

Referring to its earlier verdicts, the apex court said immoral acquisition of wealth destroys the energy of the people believing in honesty, and history records with agony how they have suffered. It said that there should be zero tolerance towards any kind of corruption bereft of its degree.

 “A democratic republic polity hopes and aspires to be governed by a government which is run by the elected representatives who do not have any involvement in serious criminal offences or offences relating to corruption, casteism, societal problems, affecting the sovereignty of the nation and many other offences,” the bench said.
It said that corruption should not be judged by degree as corruption causes disorder, destroys societal will to progress and paralyses the economic health of a country.

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