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What is Bribery? What is the punishment for Bribery? Section 171B and 171E of Indian Penal Code 1860.

Bribery and punishment for bribery under Indian Penal Code is defined under Section 171B and 171E of Indian Penal Code 1860. Provisions under section 171 B and 171 E are:





Section 171 B of Indian Penal Code. "Bribery" (1) Whoever-(i) gives a gratification to any person with the object of inducing. him or any other person to exercise any electoral right or of rewarding any person for having exercised any such right; or

(ii) accepts either for himself or for any other person any gratification as a reward for exercising any such right or for inducing or attempting to induce any other person to exercise any such right; commits the offence of bribery: Provided that a declaration of public policy or a promise of public action shall not be an offence under this section.

(2) A person who offers, or agrees to give, or offers or attempts to procure, a gratification shall be deemed to give a gratification.

(3) A person who obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain a gratification shall be deemed to accept a gratification, and a person who accepts a gratification as a motive for doing what he does not intend to do, or as a reward for doing what he has not done, shall be deemed to have accepted the gratification as a reward.

Section 171 E of Indian Penal Code. "Punishment for Bribery" Whoever commits the offence of bribery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both:

Provided that bribery by treating shall be punished with fine only.

Explanation- "Treating" means that form of bribery where the gratification consists in food, drink, entertainment, or provision.


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