Corruption is the abuse of power by people in power for their own gain in a dishonest or unethical way.


This explainer discusses the anti-corruption law and punishments for corrupt public servants. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.


If a person commits a crime under the anti-corruption law for the second time, what happens?

What will happen if a public servant does a favour, but not through any specific action of mine? Will this be considered as corruption?

What will happen if I take the money as a public servant, but I don’t do the favour? Will this be considered as corruption?

Will salary and other perks (allowances) of a public servant be considered to be bribes?

Can the police inspect your pass book and bank details if they doubt you are breaking anti-corruption law?

Can I be punished under the anti-corruption law even if I was not successful in committing the crime?