Welcome to the Crime Research Investigation Agency of India's dedicated section on Corruption Information. In this era of globalization and technological advancement, corruption remains a persistent challenge, hindering socio-economic development and undermining the fabric of democracy. Through this platform, we aim to shed light on the various facets of corruption prevalent in India, its implications, and the efforts being made to combat this pervasive issue.

Types of Corruption


Bribery is perhaps the most common form of corruption, wherein individuals offer or accept money or gifts in exchange for favors, services, or influence.


This involves the misappropriation of funds or assets by individuals entrusted with their management, such as public officials or corporate executives.


Extortion involves the use of threats or coercion to obtain money, property, or services unlawfully.

Nepotism and Cronyism

Nepotism refers to favoritism shown to family members or close associates, while cronyism involves the favoring of friends or allies, often resulting in the allocation of resources or opportunities unfairly.


Kickbacks occur when individuals receive illicit payments in return for facilitating business deals or contracts, often in government procurement processes.

Impact of Corruption

Economic Losses

Corruption leads to inefficiency, wastage of resources, and distortion of market mechanisms, resulting in economic losses and hindering investment and growth.

Social Injustice

Corruption exacerbates social inequality by diverting resources away from essential services such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure, thereby depriving the most vulnerable segments of society.

Erosion of Trust

Corruption erodes public trust in institutions and undermines the rule of law, leading to a breakdown of societal norms and values.

Impaired Development

Corruption stifles innovation and entrepreneurship, impedes sustainable development efforts, and undermines efforts to alleviate poverty and achieve social progress.

Efforts to Combat Corruption

Legislative Measures

The Indian government has enacted various laws and regulations aimed at preventing and combating corruption, including the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and the establishment of specialized investigative agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Transparency and Accountability

Enhancing transparency and accountability mechanisms, such as the Right to Information Act, 2005, and promoting e-governance initiatives, are crucial steps in combating corruption and promoting good governance.

Public Awareness and Civil Society Engagement

Creating awareness among the public about the adverse effects of corruption and fostering active citizen participation in anti-corruption initiatives are essential for building a culture of integrity and accountability.

International Cooperation

Collaboration with international organizations and foreign governments to exchange information, expertise, and best practices in combating corruption is essential in addressing transnational corruption challenges.


Corruption poses a significant threat to the progress and prosperity of India, undermining democratic principles, stifling economic growth, and perpetuating social injustice. However, concerted efforts by government institutions, civil society organizations, and the public at large can help combat this menace and pave the way for a more transparent, accountable, and equitable society. Together, let us strive towards a corruption-free India, where integrity and ethics prevail, and justice prevails for all. Corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one’s private gain. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement, though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countries. Political corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain. Corruption can occur on different scales.

Corruption ranges from small favors between a small number of people (petty corruption),
Corruption that affects the government on a large scale (grand corruption)
Corruption that is so prevalent that it is part of the everyday structure of society, including corruption as one of the symptoms of organized crime.