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Centre trying to weaken anti-corruption law: Arvind Kejriwal

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 8:56pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
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Launching an anti-corruption helpline, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the Centre of trying to weaken anti-graft law.

"While Delhi government is taking action to curb corruption, the central government is trying to weaken the anti-corruption Law," Kejriwal told reporters here today. "In Rajya Sabha, one bill has been brought to amend certain sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Under the amendment, anti-corruption officials will have to prove that the official having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income has earned it through corrupt practises. How is it possible to prove?

At present, an official who is found having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income is considered to be indulging in corrupt practises, said Kejriwal.

Kejriwal said his party will launch a nationwide protest if political parties try to support the amendment.

"I want to warn every party that if they support the bill in the Rajya Sabha, then people will teach them a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and we will also launch a nationwide campaign," he said.

"Even after Delhi election results (in which Kejriwal-led AAP put up a stunning show), the government has so much of sympathy for the corrupt people in their minds. It seems they haven't learnt their lessons yet". Delhi assembly elections established that citizens of Delhi are against corruption. So now, either change yourself for the better or people will teach you a lesson, he added.

Hinting at taking actions against scams and corruption reported under the previous government, Kejriwal said his government is getting ready to deal with "big-ticket corruption." "You have been asking me about Harsh Vardhan's remarks. Now, I want to tell you that in coming days we will take action against the big-ticket corruption.


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