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N.R. Narayana Murthy, chairman of Infosys, has argued that legalising paying bribes would help reduce endemic corruption in India.
Murthy said he fully supported proposals from economist Kaushik Basu to make paying bribes legal because this would help members of the public blow the whistle on corrupt officials.
Under Basu's proposals receiving a bribe would remain illegal.
"If bribe giving, and not bribe taking, is made legal then the bribe giver shall indeed cooperate with the authorities to expose the bribe taker," Murthy said in a speech in Ahmedabad.
"This seems to be an interesting idea and I think it should be implemented," he added.
True, presently both bribe taker and giver are prosecuted; if the bribe giver is exempt from being prosecuted, he or she would be more than willing to help Anti Corruption Bureaus to prosecute the bring takers!
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