Friday, April 1, 2011

MP to seize property of convicted corrupt babus

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh assembly on Thursday passed a bill giving the government wide-ranging powers to confiscate properties of its employees who amass wealth through corrupt means.

The Special Courts Bill 2011 will ensure prompt disposal of corruption cases against babus from the village patwari to the chief secretary in specially empowered courts.

Madhya Pradesh has witnessed massive bureaucratic corruption in recent months with the most infamous case being of the IAS couple, Arvind and Tinoo Joshi, who built an empire worth Rs 350 crore including 25 flats and 400 acres of land.

With this, the MP has followed in the footsteps of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar that, in May 2009, first passed a similar bill to check corruption. MP has repeatedly witnessed income-tax raids on homes of government officials.

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