Punjab: Former superintending engineer will get 4 years in jail in corruption case
Chandigarh, November 14
“Corruption in a civilised society is a illness like most cancers, which, if not detected in time, is bound to malignance the polity of our nation resulting in disastrous penalties. Immediately, uncontrolled corruption has unfold like contagious illness. Corruption has been consuming into the vitals of Indian democracy for many years now,” whereas making these observations, Jagjit Singh, particular choose, CBI Court docket, sentenced former Punjab superintending engineer (SE), division of water provide and sanitation, NK Dhir, to 4 years of rigorous imprisonment in a corruption case registered in opposition to him 9 years in the past.
The courtroom has additionally imposed a tremendous of Rs 40,000 on the convict.
Dhir was arrested on August 6, 2013, by a crew of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) whereas he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000 from a contractor on the division workplace in Sector 34 Chandigarh.
The contractor had approached the CBI alleging that the officer was demanding bribe for clearing his pending payments of varied works he carried out for the division.
He alleged that Dhir was asking for Rs 1.3 lakh to clear his payments of Rs 30 lakh pending with the division for provide of sanitary tools. The accused allegedly advised the complainant that he’ll approve the inspection report pertaining to the fabric (PVC pipes) solely after getting the bribe. The accused later diminished the bribe quantity to Rs 50,000.
After investigation, the CBI crew carried out a raid and arrested the accused red-handed as he was taking the primary installment of Rs 30,000 from the complainant. The CBI had filed challan in opposition to the accused within the courtroom.
After discovering prima facie case, the courtroom framed the costs in opposition to the accused for the offences punishable beneath Part 8 and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act to which he pleaded not responsible and claimed trial.
PK Dogra, particular public prosecutor of the CBI demanded exemplary punishment for the convict. Dogra mentioned that the convict remained posted as a senior officer and was supposed to keep up integrity. He bypassed all of the system and was demanding bribe for extending favour to the contractor, and this is able to end in poor work being performed.
Nonetheless, the counsel of the accused sought leniency as a result of his poor well being. After listening to of the arguments, the courtroom mentioned the convict doesn’t deserve the leniency as prayed for by him. The courtroom mentioned the corrupt have turned and twisted the system to go well with them and have thrived. Many have prospered. The corruption is a social evil, which has eroded the applicability of simply and equity in society. Corruption amongst public servants has at all times existed in one kind or the opposite though its form, dimensions, textures and shades have been altering occasionally and place to position. At one time, bribe was paid for getting improper issues performed however now bribe is paid for getting proper issues performed on the proper time.