Saturday, November 22, 2014

Railway officer gets jail for Rs 100 bribe in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: An officer of central railways posted in Katni district of Madhya Pradesh has been convicted by a CBI court for taking a bribe of Rs 100 from a gangman for marking him 'present' in the attendance register two decades ago.

The court of Special CBI judge M K Sharma on Friday convicted Ainuddin Siddiqui, the then Permanent Way Inspector, Rithi (Katni) under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Siddiqui, presently posted as Senior Section Engineer, DRM, Jabalpur, has been held guilty under Section 7, section 13(1)(d) and 13 (2)of the PC Act, for criminal misconduct and taking illegal gratification.
According to the CBI officers, Siddiqui had demanded Rs 100 from Subodh Kumar, a monthly rated casual labour (gangman) as bribe on September 24, 1994 to mark him 'present' in the attendance register (debit sheet) for the previous day (September 23) on which date he was inadvertently shown 'absent'.
Subodh Kumar approached CBI and lodged a complaint when the officer continued demanding money. He said he would not make the correction if he fails to meet his demand. Subodh Kumar was not in a condition to loose even a day's salary, said CBI officials.
After register the complaint officers sent the complainant with bait money and caught him red-handed while accepting it. Accused was charge-sheeted on January 1, 2013.
Special Judge, M K Sharma sentenced him to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 7 of PC Act 1988 with additional two years RI and a fine of Rs 1,000 under section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Act. In default of payment of fine, accused will have to undergo further RI of 3 months in respect of each section. All sentences are to run concurrently.


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