A great conversation with Beyond Law CLC team and young lawyers/law students from P&H, and across the country on issues relating to White Collar Crime (WCC) defence.

The conversation ranged from : What really is ‘White Collar Crime’? and the criminology behind it, to a brief overview of principles of corporate criminal liability and salient features of legislations such as Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA), Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEO), Benami Act, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), Companies Act, etc.

The conversation ended with a brief discussion on the things that young defence counsels defending such cases should keep in mind, and the way forward for WCC and a few suggestions for legal reform…..

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  1. SR Agarwal

    “My father used to always say to me that, you know, if a guy goes out to steal a loaf of bread to feed his family, they’ll give him 10 years, but a guy can do white-collar crime and steal the money of thousands and he’ll get probation and a slap on the wrist.”-JTheesse Ventura

    Crime—particularly violent crime—may be our national obsession. It dominates the news, it’s the subject of popular novels, and it’s all over television, from FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson to HBO’s The Night Of to Netflix’s Making a Murderer.

    Our attitude toward white-collar crime is a little different. On the one hand, it fascinates us: Why do well-paid professionals commit it—on their own, with colleagues, or as part of an organization-wide collaboration? On the other hand, it bores us: Complicated financial schemes are difficult to understand, and the perpetrators and victims are often unclear. Who suffers when a company shifts numbers around on a spreadsheet? Who’s to blame when it has thousands of employees and layers of bureaucracy? And even if we can identify those responsible, how should we punish them? SIR,you’re One of The Rare in India ,who has been shedding light on these and other questions.Keep the good work on;it is A Movement….


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