Punishment for Corruption should be enhanced, Centre may consider imposing death penalty for corrupt practices: Madras High Court

The Madurai Bench of the High Court was hearing a plea alleging that State officials were demanding bribes from farmers at paddy procurement centres.
Punishment for Corruption should be enhanced, Centre may consider imposing death penalty for corrupt practices: Madras High Court
Madurai Bench

The Central Government may consider imposing the death penalty as a punishment for corrupt practices like demanding bribes, the Madras High Court opined on Monday calling for Chinese or North-Korean like retribution to curb corruption. (AP Suryakrasam v. State of Tamil Nadu and ors).

The Madurai Bench of the High Court remarked that the Prevention of Corruption Act should be amended to impose more stringent penalties to tackle the menace of corruption.

"The Central Government may consider imposing punishment, such as, 'hanging' or 'death penalty', for corrupt practices or for demanding and accepting bribes, like in China, North Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Morocco,"

the High Court observed.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation petition moved by advocate AP Suryakrasam raising concerns that State officials were demanding bribes from farmers at paddy procurement centres.

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