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Nightmare Bill for Economic Offenders - Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill



The cabinet has approved a draft law that allows the government to take over all assets of loan defaulters and financial offenders who flee the country to evade criminal prosecution in cases where total claims are more than Rs 100 crore.

The cabinet approved the draft of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill in its meeting , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a media briefing. The law, if passed in Parliament, will allow the confiscation of all the assets owned in India by the economic offenders. These will also include benami assets or those held by proxies.

 " We will try and make sure this is passed as expeditiously as possible because we can’t allow people to make a mockery of the law. That you first indulge in loot and then refuse to submit to the jurisdiction of our legal system. 
                                                                    -Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

The government's move comes after a near Rs 12,700 crore fraud was unearthed at state-run Punjab National Bank where companies linked to billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi allegedly obtained fraudulent credit guarantees to borrow short-term loans from foreign banks. Modi had left India before the crackdown began. The case is being equated with Vijay Mallya, the former chairman of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, who India wants extradited from the U.K. in a loan default case.

-Let's see how this law fares against errant offenders.

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