New Delhi: Supreme Court asked the Central government to give details regarding the actions taken on special investigation team’s (SIT) recommendations to curb black money.
A bench comprising of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri asked attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday: “What is the fate of these recommendations by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT? The Centre will tell us about it in the next hearing on October 28,” according to a report in Times of India.
The SIT had suggested many recommendations to curb black money in its third report submitted to SC in May. The recommendations include making acceptance of cash by educational institutions a punishable offense, making inclusion of donor PAN number with large donations to charitable organizations compulsory, curbing illegal betting in cricket through enacting appropriate rules and regulations, and banning bulk transactions in cash.
The Central government will have to respond to SC with details of the actions taken by it to implement these recommendations on 28-October.
A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.
Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”
She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”
“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.
The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.
“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.
Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.