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SC seeks govt reply on plea challenging amendments to anti-corruption law

Weakening Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act will help corrupt offcials, says petition before court.

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central government, seeking its reply on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging amendments made to the Prevention of Corruption Act.  A two-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the petition warranted a hearing and sought the government’s reply within six weeks.  The PIL, filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, challenged amendments made to Section 17A of the Act act could be misused by corrupt officials. In amendments notified earlier this year, the government had said ...