Moral Turpitude I

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Offences involving ‘moral turpitude’ were in discussion recently in Union Bank of India v. C.G. Ajay Babu, [Civil Appeal No. 8251 of 2018]. You may read Section 4(6)(b) of The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. 

‘Moral turpitude’ describes conducts which are: inherently vile, depraved; immodest; shameful and wicked [Pawan Kumar, (1996) 4 SCC 17 and Sushil Kumar Singhal, (2010) 8 SCC 573]. 

The concept escapes precise definition. Crimes which necessarily involve an intent to defraud, or dishonesty for personal gain [perjury/grand theft/embezzlement] may establish moral turpitude. Its a crime without an excuse. It implies something immoral in itself, regardless of whether it is punishable by law.