Public servants in India are not allowed to:
- Accept money/gifts other than the salary provided as part of their job;
- Ask for or get money/gifts, in addition to their salary, in return for doing their official duty;
- Ask for or get money/gifts, in addition to their salary, in return for not doing their official duty;
- Be partial to someone who has paid them money or give them gifts;
- Do any special favours for someone who has offered them money or gifts;
- You can be sent to jail for a period of 3 to 7 years and be asked to pay a fine for doing any of the above.
A public servant breaks the law by accepting any gift or benefit, not just money. You are breaking the law if you, as a public servant, accept something of value from a person without paying for the gift/service and with whom you have a business or official relationship. You can be sent to jail for a period of 6 months to 5 years and may also have to pay a fine.
Example: You are a public servant working in the Public Works Department and are in-charge of approving tender for road construction. You accept a car from Ravi without paying him any money. You know that his company will apply to your department for approval of a contract to build a highway. If Ravi is given the approval, accepting the car would be considered as accepting a bribe.