Recently a US firm CD Smith was found guilty of winning business deal in India by paying bribes to Indian officials.
US court ordered the company to deposit entire profit to US government treasury as penalty. When all the profit made by illegal ways is taken away, it serves as a big discouragement for one to earn illegally next time.
But back in India, there are corruption friendly laws. These laws allows the corrupt people to pay a meager penalty and get away with rest of illegally earned money to make merry with for rest of the life.
Remember the infamous case of Fodder scam in which court found Lalu guilty of corruption after more than a decade. Court slapped a fine of mere Rs 25 lakh for doing a scam of Rs 9000 crores! He can still enjoy rest of Rs 8999.75 crores of the ill gotten wealth.
If you legally earned Rs 9000 crore, you had to pay an income tax of Rs 3000 crore besides other taxes and cess. So technically even paying a Rs 25 lakh only penalty is terribly cheaper than paying the income tax.
Unfortunately none of the Indians ever question such irrational laws and terribly minuscule penalties imposed in cases of corruption. These lopsided laws are helping the corrupt to flourish at an exceptional pace while making life of honest people horrible on all accounts.
Only if India has strong laws that mandates the guilty of corruption to deposit entire money without fail and without excuses to government treasury, there is no end to corruption