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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Ethics of Ministers and MPs *

Ethics of Ministers and MPs *

(p.xxix) 4 Ethics of Ministers and MPs*

A.G. Noorani

Oxford University Press

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

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