28 December 2018
The expression Public Servant is defined in different Acts such as Section 21 of IPC, Section 2 (c) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 etc. These refer to officers or persons in employment of Govt or local Authorities and receiving remuneration from them. Mitra's Legal and Commercial Dictionary states that MLAs and Mukhias are not public servants. But,the Chief Minister, Minister of State, Pradhan of Gram Sabha,Members of Panchayat Adalat, Chief officer of Panchayat are Public Servants. From the above it may be concluded tha MLAs, MPs, persons who are elected to the Panchayat Councils are not public servants unless they hold any special position or an office as mentioned above.