The Prevention Of Corruption Act, 1988 (No. 49 of 1988) defines who a public servant is and punishes public servants involved in corruption or bribery. It also punishes anyone who helps him or her commit the crime corruption or bribery.
What crimes are punished by this law?
-When a public servant accepts money or gifts over and above their salary, in return for favoring a person in their official duty.
-When a public servant accepts gifts from a person with whom they have a business or official relationship without paying them.
-When a public servant is guilty of criminal misconduct such as regularly accepting bribes to favor people during their official duty.
-If any person accepts money or gifts in return for influencing the public servant by using his personal connection or through illegal or corrupt methods, this person can also be punished.
-Any person helping the public servant commit these crimes can also be punished.