Is bribery a sin according to Hindu scripture?
If yes, what is the punishment? For example, the Indian Government's Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has prescribed the following.
CHAPTER III: OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
7. Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act
Whoever, being, or expecting to be a public servant, accepts or obtains or agrees to accept or attempts to obtain from any person, for himself or for any other person, any gratification whatever, other than legal remuneration, as a motive or reward for doing or forbearing to do any official act or for showing or forbearing to show, in the exercise of his official functions, favour or disfavour to any person or for rendering or attempting to render any service or disservice to any person, with the Central Government or any State Government or Parliament or the Legislature of any State or with any local authority, corporation or Government company referred to in clause (c) of section 2, or with any public servant, whether named or otherwise, shall be punishable with imprisonment which shall be not less than six months but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.
Are there any examples from Ramayana and Mahabharata that touch upon this issue and how the kings in those epics dealt with this malady?
P.S: If you just want to state your opinion just leave a comment under the question. Please don't answer citing blogs or Wikipedia. I'm mainly looking for answers backed by scripture. Answers can also be opinions of an āchārya or a guru.