The Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, the country’s premier organisation for providing tip-offs on major economic offences, has blamed conflicting provisions in outdated laws for the low rate of conviction in corruption cases.
The bureau has asked the government to amend those particular laws which have been in existence since the 19th century and require to be updated so that they do not create bottlenecks in the functioning of investigating agencies probing major cases of corruption.
In a letter to the law ministry, the CEIB has referred to a recent meeting of the working group on intelligence apparatus pertaining to economic intelligence, which focused on problems faced by investigating agencies in courts during trials in corruption cases pursued by multiple agencies.
“There is an urgent and genuine need to bring changes in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, for removing anomalies like conflicting provisions which result in courts not accepting certified copies as primary evidence in corruption cases,” the bureau has told the government’s legal arm.
According to the latest report of the Financial Action Task Force, an international inter-governmental agency which sets standards for anti-money laundering measures and combating terror funding, India has considerably stepped up its investigations in dealing with such offences, but low conviction rate remains a “serious effectiveness issue.”
The number of money laundering investigations in India has increased from 798 at the end of 2009 to 1,561 on April 30, 2013, FATF said, quoting a status update provided by the government in May.
The CEIB, which provides a platform for such exchange between various agencies within the Department of Revenue and other intelligence agencies, wants the government to end the agony of all these agencies