What is Section 7 in the Prevention of Corruption Act?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 4th, 2022

Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 states that "a public servant shall accept any satisfaction other than lawful remuneration for an official act." Provided that no person charged with an offense under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Samvat 2006 shall be released on bail unless the public prosecutor is given an opportunity of being heard to oppose the bail application.

Section 7 in the Prevention of Corruption Act

It states that- Whoever is or expects to be a public servant obtains or accepts or agrees to accept or attempt to obtain from a person, for himself or any other person, gratification, apart from lawful remuneration, as a reward or motive for having done or suffered to do any act officially or for showing or suffering to show favor or disfavor to any person in the performance of his functions or for showing or trying to show any disservice or favor to any person, the Central Government or to any State Government or the Parliament or Legislature of any State or with any local authority, corporation or government company referred to in clause (c) of section 2 or with any public officer, whether appointed or otherwise, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years. Still, it can be extended up to seven years and will also be punished with a fine.

Summary:

What is Section 7 in the Prevention of Corruption Act?

Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 states that "a public servant shall accept any satisfaction other than lawful remuneration for an official act." The activity to acquire an illicit benefit by a person entrusted with a position of authority is corruption.

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