Two-year imprisonment to civic officer in graft case

A Delhi court has awarded two-year imprisonment to an Assistant Sanitary Inspector, holding him guilty of taking a bribe of Rs. 3,000 from a safai karamchari of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to mark his attendance in 2013.

Rejecting his plea for a lenient punishment, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Khanagwal said, “Offence in the present case is of serious nature where a public servant has disregarded his duty assigned by the statute. He was duty-bound to serve in accordance with the settled principles with integrity. Such defiance deserves suitable punishment.”

To mark attendance

The complaint lodged by the sanitation worker with the Anti-Corruption Branch stated that the complainant did not mark his attendance for 15 days as his wife was ill. When he joined duty and requested the accused supervisor not to mark him absent, the accused allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 3,000 to mark him present, the complaint said. Instead of greasing his palm, he lodged a complaint with the probe agency.

Caught red-handed

A raiding team of the probe agency had caught the accused red-handed while demanding and taking the money at the place where he was posted to supervise the cleaning work.

“Prosecution has proved that on 22.10.2013, the accused Sant Ram being the public servant while working as Assistant Sanitary Inspector being the supervisor of complainant Sonu at Shiv Vihar, ward no. 265, Karawal Nagar, EDMC, demanded illegal gratification of Rs. 3,000 for marking complainant Sonu present in the attendance register,” the judge said while convicting him in the case.

“The case has been proved against him. Hence, I hold that the charges under Section 7 and 13 [1][d] of Prevention of Corruption Act are proved beyond any reasonable doubt. Accused is thus held guilty of having committed the offence under Sections 7 and 13 [1][d] of the Act punishable under Section 13 [2],” he said.

Offence in the present case is of serious nature where a public servant has disregarded his duty assigned by the statute… Such defiance deserves suitable punishment

Sanjay Khanagwal

Additional Sessions Judge

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