Anti-graft court sentences revenue official to year’s jail

Anti-graft court sentences revenue official to year’s jail

Srinagar: Observing corruption destroys the societal will to progress and kills the conscience, a Court has sentenced a revenue official to one year’s imprisonment after convicting him for demanding and accepting Rs 5000 as bribe in nearly a decade-old graft case.
The court of Special Judge, Anti-Corruption Kashmir, R. N. Watal, who also holds additional charge of Additional Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar, also imposed a fine of Rs 10000 on the official, Shafat-ul-Rehman, the then Patwari Halqa Aarth Budgam.
The Vigilance Organization Kahsmir had charge-sheeted Shafat-ul-Rehman following a written complaint lodged by Farooq Ahmad Dar on 28 May 2009, alleging that his father had exchanged his land ain the Government Treasury. Farooq approached Shafat-ul-Rehman, the then Patwari Halqa Aaruth Budgam who allegedly demanded Rs.15000 as bribe for preparation of the challan and depositing of levy.
Being against the bribe, Farooq approached Vigilance Organization in 2009 with complaint and bribe money of Rs.5000 to be paid to the Patwari on demand. On the receipt of the complaint, an FIR No.15/2009 under section 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) PC Act and Section 161 RPC was registered. A trap was set and the Patwari was caught while accepting the bribe, according to the charge-sheet.
After hearing counsel for revenue official and Riyaz Ahmad, Senior Prosecuting Officer, the court held the revenue official guilty.
“Corruption is termed as plague which is so contagious that once it enters the system, it engulfs the system. It destroys the societal will to progress, accelerates undeserved ambitions, kills the conscience, jettisons the glory of the institutions, paralyzes the economic health of the country, corrodes the sense of civility and mars the marrows of governance, It is indeed a biggest challenge more than that of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and pollution,” the court and sentenced the convict to undergo simple imprisonment for one year for offence punishable under section 5(1) r/w 5 (2) of P. C. Act and also to pay a fine of Rs.10,000.
“ He shall further undergo six months imprisonment for offence punishable under section 161 RPC and fine of Rs.3000. Both the sentences shall run concurrently. In default of payment of fine, convict shall further undergo simple imprisonment for three months.”

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