1. The cancer of corruption has, as we all know, eaten into

the vital organs of the State. Cancer is a dreaded disease

which, if not nipped in the bud in time, causes death. In British

India, the Penal Code dealt with the cancer of corruption by

public servants in Chapter IX thereof. Even before

independence, these provisions were found to be inadequate to

deal with the rapid onset of this disease as a result of which the

Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, was enacted. This Act was

amended twice – once by the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act,

1952 and a second time by the Anti-Corruption Laws

(Amendment) Act, 1964, based on the recommendations of the

Santhanam Committee. A working of the 1947 Act showed that

it was found to be inadequate to deal with the disease of

corruption effectively enough. For this reason, the Prevention

of Corruption Act, 1988 was enacted (hereinafter referred to as

“the Act”). The Statement of Objects and Reasons for the Act

is revealing and is set out hereinbelow:

Source: SC Verdicts

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