Corruption has been feeding on our economy and society for a long time now. The corrupt culture has found its way to crawl deep inside every organizational and social model. Even if we don’t want, we are becoming part of the corruption one way or the other.
With time corruption has evolved into a major criminal activity, bribery being its core practice. Also, to fight and control this crime, the government issued several laws, penalties, and punishments. Although the punishments for bribery vary from nation to nation.
In India, bribery is a serious criminal act that falls under Section 171E in The Indian Penal Code. It states that Whoever commits the offense of bribery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or, with a fine, or with both.
Now, to get a better picture of bribery cases, let’s try to understand them with a case study. The Manoj Prasad bribery case is probably one of the many high-profile cases that raise serious questions against the government on maintaining law and order.
Multiple police and CBI head officer’s name get dragged into the dirt. What’s to be noted is that the court penalized the accused, Manoj Prasad, with 10,000 rupees for the involvement. What it means is the penalty for bribery can be lakhs or even crores depending on the type and intensity of the case.
Also, high-profile cases like the Raveen Roy bribery case and the Mehta fraud case where a large amount of cash had been altered through corruption. Punishments like life imprisonment and a penalty up to three times the bribe amount are paid.
Every year we hear and read about thousands of bribery cases, what’s important is we analyze, learn and try to make a difference. Say no to Corruption!!