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4-year RI for two govt officials in graft case


4-year RI for two govt officials in graft case

Dushyant Singh Pundir

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11

Drawing parallels between termites and two Punjab Government officials convicted in a corruption case, a local court today awarded four-year imprisonment to them.

Tejbir Singh Walia (63), the then Superintendent, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, Punjab,and Khushal Singh (33), the then clerk in the office of Water Supply and Sanitation, Muktsar, on deputation with the office of SDM, Muktsar Sahib, were on Wednesday convicted under Section 120B of the IPC and Sections 7 and 13 (1)(d) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

In the order, the court of Special Judge, CBI, Dr Sushil Kumar Garg observed: “A mango tree was planted by a resident of a locality. It was nursed and cared immensely. It bore sweet mangoes. Residents of the locality enjoyed the fruit. However, with the passage of time, termites ate the roots of the tree. As a consequence, the tree dried and stopped bearing fruit...”

“Similarly, the persons of the ilk of the convicts are the termites responsible for eating the roots of the societal and fiscal tree of the nation,” the order read.

Counsel for the accused said they were not previous convicts, in view of their age, character, antecedents and family circumstances, a lenient view on the matter of sentence may be taken.

On the other hand, KP Singh, public prosecutor for the CBI, argued that in order to check rampant corruption in public life, it was need of the hour to give exemplary punishment to the public servants who are found indulging in corrupt practices.

Pronouncing the punishment, the court said, “Both the accused are facing the present case for the past seven years. They are married and have their families. However, this conduct of the accused is highly deplorable. Therefore, the accused do not deserve any leniency. Thus, keeping in view their age, character, family circumstances, they are awarded rigorous imprisonment for four years each.”

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on the convicts.

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