PIL in Supreme Court seeks establishment of Special Anti-Corruption Courts

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court which seeks to establish special anti-corruption courts in every district, to decide cases related to various economic offences like money-laundering and tax evasion within one year.

The petition also sought directions to high courts to take appropriate steps to decide cases related economic offences.

The PIL has been filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The petition also includes Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Justice, and various States and Union Territories parties in the case.

The petition contended that due to long pendency and ineffective anti-corruption laws, even 70 years after becoming a socialist secular democratic republic, none of our districts are free from cases related to black money, benami property, disproportionate assets, bribery, money laundering, tax evasion and similar other economic offences.
It further stated that India has never been ranked among the top 50 in the Corruption Perception Index.

It also stated that none of the welfare schemes and government departments are corruption free, yet the Centre and State governments have also not taken appropriate steps in this regard.

Though various laws such as the Benami Transactions Act, passed in 1988 exist, India’s anti-corruption laws are very weak, ineffective and fail to control corruption.

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