Corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. … Government, or ‘political’, corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain.
Corruption as defined in “Prevention of Corruption Act 1988”.
The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (No. 49 of 1988) is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to combat corruption in government agencies and public sector businesses in India.This law 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? i.e. Prevention of Corruption Act 1988
- 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.
We believe citizens are equally responsible for the tumor of corruption to be present in the society; either with their silence or by indulging in corruption either to avoid their job or to gain benefits for their personal gratification.