‘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.

Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988

  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to combat corruption in government agencies and public sector businesses in India.
  • The act consists of 5 chapters spread across 31 sections.
  • Chapters: Preliminary, Offences and penalties, Investigation.
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