Jharkhand may soon follow Rajasthan, Orissa and Bihar as the state government led by Chief Minister Arjun Munda is all set to enact a law prescribing attachment and confiscation of the property of corrupt public servants.
In Bihar, the first state to implement this law, the Nitish Kumar government had used it effectively against officials who were believed to have acquired property at the cost of integrity.
“We will also do the same in this state”, said Munda.
This law will empower authorities to attach the property of a corrupt official while the probe is under way, if the accused is suspected to have acquired that property with means gained from unethical activities.
A special Ordinance is being drafted by the officials to set up special courts for confiscation and attachment of property of corrupt persons under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“The Ordinance will remain effective for six months from the date of Governor’s nod. Within this period, the Bill will be drafted for its passage by the state Assembly in its next session to turn it into an Act”, said Additional Secretary Rajiv Lochan Bakshi.
In Jharkhand, three former ministers- Enos Ekka, Harinarain Rai and Kamlesh Singh, one former CM Madhu Koda and two IAS officers- Sia Ram Prasad Sinha(retired) and Pradeep Kumar were imprisoned after being charged with fraud, criminal conspiracy, corruption and money laundering and many are yet to be formally investigated.
Speaker CP Singh is positive and said,” Unlike them there were many others who were roaming about freely. They will find it difficult to save their property now”.
Ex BJP MP Salkhan Murmu, who had quit the party and joined the Opposition’s bandwagon feels there is still room for improvement.”Apart from the public servants, the politicians should also be brought under its ambit.” he said.