BJP leader files PIL in Delhi HC; calls for confiscation of black money, life imprisonment for fraudsters

Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay filed a Public Interest Complaint (PIL) in the Delhi court on Tuesday, June 21, seeking forfeiture of all black money and life imprisonment of the fraudsters.

Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a BJP leader and lawyer, has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court asking the Center and the States to investigate the possibility of confiscating all black money, Benami property, disproportionate assets and to grant life sentences for offenses related to black money, human and drug trafficking, tax evasion and dishonest misappropriation of property.

In his PIL, petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay requested that the court appoint a committee of experts or order the Indian Law Commission to investigate the strict anti-corruption laws of developed countries, especially those relating to bribery, to black money, Benemi property, disproportionate assets, taxation evasion, money laundering, profiteering, hoarding, adulteration, human and drug trafficking, marketing black and dishonest misappropriation of property by cheaters and prepare a full report within three months.

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The plea read: “Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights abuses, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and enables organized crime such as separatism, terrorism, Naxalism, radicalism, gambling, smuggling, kidnapping, money laundering and extortion and other threats to human security to thrive”.

“Corruption excessively harms EWS-BPL (Economically Weaker Sections – Below Poverty Line) families by diverting funds intended for their development, undermines government’s ability to deliver basic services, breeds inequality and poverty. ‘injustice and discourages foreign aid and investment’, the plea declared.

The plea added: “Corruption is a key driver of economic underperformance and the main obstacle to poverty reduction. The right to liberty of life guaranteed by Article 21 (of (the Indian Constitution) cannot be guaranteed and the golden aims of the preamble cannot be achieved without curbing corruption.”

“Thus, the Center and the State must implement strong anti-corruption laws in order to send a strong message that it is determined to eliminate corruption, generation of black money, benami transactions and money laundering. The Center must take steps to reaffirm the rule of law, improve transparency and warn looters that betrayal of the public trust will no longer be tolerated,” the plea argued.

(With ANI entries)