Section 481. Public servant concerned in sale not to purchase or bid for property
A public servant having any duty to perform in connection with the sale of any property under this Code shall not purchase or bid for the property.
Section 481 of Criminal procedure code 1973 (CrPC) prohibits a public servant from purchasing or bidding process only ion case such public servant is concerned in that sale in his or her offical capacity.
The word public servant here means and includes any and every person covered under section 14 of the IPC (Indian penal code)
Section 14. Servant of Government
14. “Servant of Government”.- The words “servant of Government” denote any officer or servant continued, appointed or employed in India by or under the authority of Government.