//MCD official gets 3 years' RI for accepting Rs 10,000 bribe

MCD official gets 3 years' RI for accepting Rs 10,000 bribe

New Delhi, Feb 10: A special court today sentenced an MCD official to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for accepting Rs 10,000 as bribe for supplying an official form to an applicant who will be separately tried for giving false evidence during the trial.

"Though this court has been able to call out the truth from falsehood, the complainant should be summarily tried for giving false evidence in court," Special Judge Sunil Gaur observed against the complainant in the case.The court found convict Rajinder Kumar Narang, a junior engineer with the Buildings section of the civic body, guilty of offences under Sections 7 (taking illegal gratification by public servant) and 13 (criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.It also levied a a fine of Rs 20,000 against Narang.The complainant, Ravinder Kumar, had on July 26, 1999 approached the convict for getting a clearance form to construct a house in the land supplied to him by Maulana Azad Housing Society in Pitampura here.

Narang demanded Rs 15,000 for supplying the form. Later, on Kumar’s persistence, the convict settled down for a pay-off of Rs 10,000 following which Kumar lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on the same day.The ACB laid a trap for Narang with the help of the complainant and caught the official red-handed accepting the bribe from his own office. However, the complainant refused to cooperate in the trial, prompting the court to initiate a separate trial against him.