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Ethics of Ministers and MPs*

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0004
Ethics of Ministers and MPs*

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This chapter begins with a discussion of how the various codes of conduct that are supposed to govern ministers and MPs can themselves encourage corruption. It points out that even the freedom movement and the early Congress themselves regimes were not free from corruption. The problem became worse during Indira Gandhi's rule. It then suggests that even if men in power are not interested in ensuring ethics in government, the people are not helpless. Public opinion can be aroused. The best approach is to work for a national consensus on a set of specific and effective measures. The legal system provides machinery for investigation that can be set in motion irrespective of the will of the men in power. In India, however, the investigation machinery as well as the prosecution agency are subordinate to the government. Many statutes require the consent of the government for launching prosecution. The chapter concludes with an agenda for reform.

Keywords: Code of conduct; corruption; government officials; legal system; members of parliament; prosecution; reform

Chapter.  4060 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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