Prevention of Corruption Act

(Original Enactment: Ordinance 39 of 1960)

(15th March 1993)
An Act to provide for the more effectual prevention of corruption.
[17th June 1960]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Corruption Act.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“agent” means any person employed by or acting for another, and includes a trustee, administrator and executor, and a person serving the Government or under any corporation or public body, and for the purposes of section 8 includes a subcontractor and any person employed by or acting for such subcontractor;
“Director” means the Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau appointed under section 3;
“gratification” includes —
(a)money or any gift, loan, fee, reward, commission, valuable security or other property or interest in property of any description, whether movable or immovable;
(b)any office, employment or contract;
(c)any payment, release, discharge or liquidation of any loan, obligation or other liability whatsoever, whether in whole or in part;
(d)any other service, favour or advantage of any description whatsoever, including protection from any penalty or disability incurred or apprehended or from any action or proceedings of a disciplinary or penal nature, whether or not already instituted, and including the exercise or the forbearance from the exercise of any right or any official power or duty; and
(e)any offer, undertaking or promise of any gratification within the meaning of paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d);
“principal” includes an employer, a beneficiary under a trust, and a trust estate as though it were a person and any person beneficially interested in the estate of a deceased person and the estate of a deceased person as though the estate were a person, and in the case of a person serving the Government or a public body includes the Government or the public body, as the case may be;
“public body” means any corporation, board, council, commissioners or other body which has power to act under and for the purposes of any written law relating to public health or to undertakings or public utility or otherwise to administer money levied or raised by rates or charges in pursuance of any written law;
“special investigator” means a special investigator of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.