Jump to content
News Ticker
  • NPAs under PM Modi's Mudra scheme jumped 126% in FY19
  • shows RTI
  • RTI query reveals banking frauds of ₹ 2.05 Trillion reported in the last 11 years
  • 509 per cent rise in cases under child labour law: Study
  • The Central Information Commission has allowed disclosure of file notings on the mercy petition of a rape and murder convict, rejecting the government's contention that the records cannot be disclosed as these are privileged documents under Article 74(2) of the Constitution.
  • Electoral bonds worth over ₹5,800 crore were bought by donors to fund political parties between March 1, 2018 and May 10, 2019, a Right to Information reply has said.
  • Don't pay 500/- for answer sheet now- Supreme Court says if Answer sheet is asked under RTI, RTI Fees will be governed

Home ministry prepares cabinet note proposing to make electoral bribery cognizable offence

Recommended Posts


Home ministry prepares cabinet note proposing to make electoral bribery cognizable offence



NEW DELHI: In what could be the first poll reform ushered in by the Modi government, the home ministry has prepared a draft cabinet note proposing to make electoral bribery a cognizable offence under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). A cognizable offence is an offence for which a police officer has the authority to make an arrest without a warrant.


The police are also allowed to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court for cognizable offences. Currently, bribing voters, in cash or kind, during the election season is a non-cognisable offence under sections 171B/171E of the Indian Penal Code, which attracts only up to one-year of imprisonment or fine as punishment.


The Election Commission of India (ECI), in 2012, had asked the home ministry to amend the first schedule of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to make it a cognizable offence and also increase punishment to up to two years.


That suggestion has been accepted by the new government. The home ministry, in a letter dated December 22, 2014, has informed the poll panel that the process to amend the CrPC has been "initiated" and that a draft cabinet note, approved by home minister Rajnath Singh, has been sent to the legislative department to prepare a draft bill.


The ministry's letter was in response to the poll panel's query, dated December 11, 2013, regarding the status of the suggestion to make bribery a cognizable offence. "We made this query because it pertains specifically to the home ministry.




Other electoral reforms are with the law ministry and they have sent it to the Law Commission for their suggestions on it," said a senior EC official, who did not wish to be identified.


The EC has often lamented that without changes in the IPC and CrPC, it is like a toothless tiger as currently bribery is a bailable offence attracting only minimal punishment. "This is required for us to take any effective action. Without a warrant you can't even search the house of person who could be hiding Rs 20 lakh at home to distribute among voters at night,' said another EC official, not authorized to speak to media.

Read more at:

Home ministry prepares cabinet note proposing to make electoral bribery cognizable offence - The Economic Times

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • avdhesh
      By avdhesh
      This is a nice place for getting information regarding right to Information. I had one question as of now:
      Can I know what advice the Cabinet has given to president and also is it possible to know the correspondence between President and Ministry?
    • ganpat1956
      By ganpat1956
      NEW DELHI: NTPC produces power, naturally. Not so naturally, it also supplies to the powerful. India’s top utility, a listed company 10.5% of whose stock is held by the public, is busy these days not just generating thermal power, but also supplying power ministry honchos with eatables, floor carpets, car rides, plasma TVs, even footing their telephone bills.
      The NTPC chairman and managing director could not be contacted for his comments on the development.
      A disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that NTPC spent more than Rs 50 lakh in the last two years supplying power ministry mavens with a range of comforts ranging from electric lawn mowers to plasma TVs, sure, all for office use. These details were furnished by NTPC after the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) asked the PSU to respond to a petition filed in this regard. The petition, filed by an Allahabad-based individual, had earlier been rejected by NTPC on grounds that the information required was personal in nature. The CIC slammed that defence citing that the main objective of the RTI Act was to ensure transparency in the functioning of public authorities.
      In its detailed reply, NTPC admits that it had incurred Rs 2.78 lakh in the last two years providing "consumable items" to the ministry. This has been broken down as pantry items (Rs 2.4 lakh) and stationery worth Rs 38,000.
      NTPC plays golden goose for ministry-Power-Energy-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times


  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy