Eight persons, including a former superintendent engineer of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), who were facing corruption charges for the past 15 years were acquitted as the vigilance department failed to prove the allegations.
Those acquitted are the then MC's superintending engineer KB Sharma, and four officials of the corporation's engineering department - Harish Sharma, Sher Singh, KR Sachdeva, Mohinder Singh.
Also, three middlemen - Dinesh Sharma, Suresh Sharma and Sunil Kalia were absolved of the charges.
Way back in 1998 the UT vigilance department registered a case against officials of the MC's engineering department over allegations of receiving kickbacks for issuing supply orders of electrical goods. They were booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, read with sections 406, 409, 420 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was registered against KB Sharma who later was promoted to the post of chief engineer.
The case was registered on the basis of certain diaries recovered from the residences of the alleged middlemen during raids conducted by the income tax authorities in November 1997.
According to the prosecution, there were two entries of Rs 1.81 lakh and Rs 28,900 against the name of KB Sharma in the diaries of the alleged middlemen, which the vigilance failed to prove.
Following the registration of the case, Sharma was chargesheeted in June 1998 and then suspended in July 1998. He was later reinstated following a court order.