‘Anti-graft law covers deemed universities’
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Officials are ‘public servants’, says SC
- The Supreme Court has held that bribery and corruption in a deemed university can be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
- Individuals, authorities or officials connected to a deemed university, whatever be their role or designation, come under the definition of a ‘public servant’.
- They can be tried and punished under the anti-corruption law.
- Deemed universities come within the ambit of the term ‘university’ in Section 2(c)(xi) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988.
- A deemed institution under the University Grants Commission Act of 1956 has the same common public duty like a university to confer academic degrees, which are recognised in the society.