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Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

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  • Act No. 49 of 1988 dated 9th. September, 1988
  • An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the prevention of corruption and for matters connected therewith.


  • Section 1: Short title and extent
  • Section 2: Definitions
  • Section 3: Power to appoint special Judges
  • Section 4: Cases triable by special Judges
  • Section 5: Procedure and powers of special Judge
  • Section 6: Power to try summarily



  • 17. Persons authorised to investigate
  • 18. Power to inspect bankers' books
  • 19. Previous sanction necessary for prosecution
  • 20. Presumption where public servant accepts gratification other than legal remuneration
  • 21. Accused person to be a competent witness
  • 22. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 to apply subject to certain modifications
  • 23. Particulars in a charge in relation to an offence under section 13(1) (c).
  • 24. Statement by bribe giver not to subject him to prosecution
  • 25. Military, Naval and Air Force or other law not to be affected
  • 26. Special Judges appointed under Act 46 of 1952 to be special Judges appointed under this Act
  • 27. Appeal and revision
  • 28. Act to be in addition to any other law
  • 29. Amendment of the Ordinance 38 of 1944
  • 30. Repeal and saving
  • 31. Omission of certain sections of Act 45 of 1860

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Law

  • Manzoor Ali Khan v Union of India and Others Writ Petition 305 OF 2007, Civil Original Jurisdiction, Writ Petition No 305 OF 2007, Supreme Court of India judgement dated August 6, 2014 dealt with the constitutional validity of Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • Satya Narain Sharma v State of Rajasthan: SC held that no court can stay the proceedings under the Act on any ground whatsoever. This ruling would help speedy trial of such cases. In the present case, the appellant successfully delayed the trial for 7 years by getting a stay order from the High Court against the order of the Court of Special Judge.

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