The Association of Democratic Reforms is reported to have compiled data about the value of assets of various MLAs in Bihar Legislature as declared before consecutive elections commencing from those held in 2005 as well as similar data of MPs . The jump in value of assets appears to be steep being double to seven times. This data is based on their self-declarations and may not have included assets acquired and held benami. The legitimate earnings of these MLAs and MPs would obviously have not enabled them to acquire assets of such values. The extent of corruption is evident from the data referred to above. All this analysis stands covered in an Article written by Mr.Mohan Guruswamy and published in 'Deccan Chronicle' of 11-11-15.
Anti-corrption Bureaus are, perhaps, not allowed to launch prosecution proceedings against MLAs and MPs and confiscate their ill-gotten assets.
If at the level of MPs and MLAs (who do not formally take part in decision-making) the is of the order mentioned above what about the Ministers who do take part in decision-making?
On reflecting over this position it appears that Anti-corruption authorities may better be made independent and autonomous like Judiciary making necessary amendment of the Constitution. more