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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

EC Suggests Amending IPC to make Bribing Voters A Cognizable Offence

The Election Commission has asked the Ministry to amend the law to make bribing of voters, in cash or kind, a cognizable offence. The Commission has suggested for amendment in the First Schedule to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to make the offence of bribery under section 171B/171E of IPC a cognizable offence.
As the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure are in the List III of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India and are administered by the State Governments, the comments/views of the State Governments/UT Administrations have been sought on the proposal. No time frame can be fixed in this regard.
This was stated by Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
Source : PIB release, March 21, 2012

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