Ethics Case Study 1

Case Study 1:-

You and Ravi both are friends since childhood and your families are also close to each other, it’s like one family. Ravi recently got appointed as Executive Officer in Social Welfare Department and you both are having lunch.

During conversation, Ravi tells you that he is enjoying his work because it’s giving him an opportunity to help the poor. He also says that he is not asking anyone for bribes but people themselves pay him money because they are happy with his speedy service. He says that he initially did not receive any money but when more and more people insisted, he started taking bribes. He also says that just before he arrived for lunch he was given a good amount of money by a happy beneficiary in his office.

You are a Superintendent of Police and you are on duty. Ravi knows this, but he is sharing his experiences as he does with any one of his family members. He did not, even for a moment, think that you were a cop on duty.

As a responsible officer who is on duty, and whose duty is to enforce law, what will you do to your friend?


It’s a case of ethical dilemma where I am stranded between personal relations and professional ethics. Now as a friend and well-wisher I need to make his views clearer that taking money for whatsoever reason or persuasion outside the purview of official salary is a bribe.And it is violation of organizational ethics.It ultimately affects personal integrity and fair decision making.

But from the point of view of a civil servant and S.P.,my priority should be to prevent money laundering and bribery at any cost.When I am intimidated of such a crime,I should not deter from my rightful duties by personal reasons.So,my integrity should prevail and I should inform my subordinate to ask my friend if he is carrying any lump some money.As he fails to give account of such,he must be arrested applying suitable clauses of law.In case I fail to find an immediate reason to arrest him,I should start a suo moto investigation into the things.

I must be mentally prepared to depose against my own friend in the court of law as I am one of the prima facie evidence.

I need to show emotional intelligence as by walking the path of law,I am finally looking into the future reformation of my friend.Initially he may reject my way,but being close to his family will help me clarify my honest intentions and future implications to his family members.

Honesty and integrity in job, if lost for whatsoever reason,causing inconvenience to public, should be tried by law for accountability .Each job requires to follow a ethical code of conduct,so its duty of the employee not to defer at lure of money or kinds.

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