The Bill makes way for confiscation and attachment of properties of the accused owned in India or abroad. It also stipulates that properties which may have been acquired from proceeds of the crime, whether or not owned by the accused, be also confiscated
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has often attacked the BJP over fugitive fraudsters such as diamond czar Nirav Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya. But his own party has moved for annulment in Parliament of the ‘Fugitive Economic Offences Ordinance’ which facilitates legal crackdown on offenders who either fled the country or refused to come back to face the law.
The Rajya Sabha, however, passed the bill based on the ordinance on Wednesday, paving the way for it to become a law.
Parliamentary papers reveal that on July 18, Congress MP T Subbarami Reddy moved a resolution in Parliament that said: “That this House disapproves the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, 2018 (No. 1 of 2018), promulgated by the President on the 21st April, 2018.”
Heres another example of @RahulGandhi ‘s hypocrisy - talks abt Mallya n Modi n #NPA s and at same time his party @INCIndia ‘s MP wants to block law that will nail Economic fugitives !#NPA #PublicSectorBankLoot #UnlimitedHypocrisy pic.twitter.com/R9DAviWoUw— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) July 24, 2018
Congress’ PC Chako told MyNation that he did not want to comment on the matter. “I don’t know about it,” he said.
Parliamentary documents also show that Reddy moved the resolution on the same day that Union minister Piyush Goyal was to move the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill to replace the ordinance.
Goyal proposed that “the bill to provide for measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of law in India by staying outside the jurisdiction of Indian Courts, to preserve the sanctity of the rule of law in India and for matters connected thereto or incidental thereto as passed by Parliament, be taken into consideration.”
After finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced in Budget speech this year that a stringent law would be enacted to deter economic offenders from jumping the law and the country, the bill had been moved in Parliament in March 12, but could not be passed due to Opposition intransigence. This had necessitated the promulgation of the ordinance by the President.
The new law makes way for confiscation and attachment of properties of the accused owned in India or abroad. It also stipulates that properties which may have been acquired from proceeds of the crime, whether or not owned by the accused, be also confiscated.
Whole world is fully aware that #NPA is brain child of @INCIndia and its father is none other than @PChidambaram_IN— satya samal (@satyasiba) July 24, 2018
Independence to 2007 18 lakh crore given on loan and 2007 to 2014 it is 52 lakh crores.
Mr Manmohan Singh it is Organised loot of Congress in your leadership.
WHAT DOES THE NEW LAW SAY
1. “Fugitive economic offender” refers to any individual against whom a warrant for arrest in relation to a Scheduled Offence has been issued by any Court in India and who has either left India to avoid criminal prosecution or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face the law.
2. “Proceeds of crime” means any property derived or obtained, directly or indirectly, by the accused as a result of criminal activity relating to a Scheduled Offence, or the value of any such property, or where such property is taken or held outside the country, then the property equivalent in value held within the country or abroad.
Heres another example of @RahulGandhi ‘s hypocrisy - talks abt Mallya n Modi n #NPA s and at same time his party @INCIndia ‘s MP wants to block law that will nail Economic fugitives !#NPA #PublicSectorBankLoot #UnlimitedHypocrisy... https://t.co/viocT4pOUz— Hari Aiyer (@hariaiyer) July 24, 2018
3. “Scheduled Offence” means an offence specified in the Schedule, if the total value involved in such offence or offences is Rs. 100 crore or more.
4. A Special Court issues notice to the accused and if the person appears before the Special Court in person, proceedings get terminated.
An individual is declared as a fugitive economic offender, if the Special Court is satisfied.
Goes to show very clearly they were hand in gloves in all economic offence/scams starting from Vijaya Malya to Mehul Choksi & many more rats that are to fall out of their cupboard.— Nagaraja Gupta (@GuptaNagaraja) July 25, 2018
Bill must be implemented without fail so that all the economic fugitives are arrested & retrieved.
5. The Special Court may confiscate the proceeds of crime in India or abroad, whether or not such property is owned by the fugitive and any other property or benami property in India or abroad, owned by the fugitive economic offender.
6. The person may also be barred from putting forward any defending claims in any civil court.
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Last Updated Jul 25, 2018, 7:13 PM IST