Conflict of interests is a situation in which a public official has a private interest that can influence the objective and impartial exercise of his official duties.

Anybody can find himself in a situation of conflict of interests. However, in such situations, it is important to act in line with the provisions of Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2002.

A conflict of interests is described as a situation in which a public official, while in the exercise of his public duties, has a personal/direct or indirect interest or where his relative or an associate of his has a direct or indirect interest in a decision that he or the public body has to take and which can improperly influence the public official in discharging his functions. Such direct or indirect interest could be termed as the private interest.

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