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Steps to fast-track corruption cases

 NEW DELHI, Sept 14 – The government today announced a series of measures to expedite corruption cases against public servants includes setting up of 71 fast-track special CBI courts, fixing a limit of three months to grant sanction for prosecution and strengthening the vigilance administration, reports PTI.

The decisions, which would be implemented soon through issuance of government orders, were taken on the basis of the recommendations of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to curb corruption, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

It also decided to bring a new policy and a bill on public procurement in the Winter Session of Parliament to tackle corruption and make the procedure more transparent, Law Minister Salman Khursheed and Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy told reporters here.

“The first report of the GoM has been submitted to the government and the Prime Minister has approved many of the recommendations,” Narayanasamy said.

Asked whether anti-graft measures were being announced under the impact of the Anna Hazare agitation, he reminded that the GoM on corruption was set up on January 6 much before Hazare began his fast.

“The government is very concerned about corruption and is taken steps. Anna Hazare gave his views. We are considering it. That does not mean whatever he says is going to be accepted. There are several other views also,” he said.

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