More than 18 years after being booked for impersonating a CBI officer, a Muktsar resident has been sentenced to six-month jail by chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma.
The convict Rajinder Sharma has been awarded six-month jail for impersonating a public servant, six-month jail for cheating by impersonation) and three-month jail for cheating with all the sentences to run concurrently. The court also imposed a fine of `3,000 on the convict.
Dismissing Sharma's plea to grant him benefit of probation as he is facing trial since 1997, the court held, "It is not a fit case for granting probation because the accused has not done a single act of impersonation, but series of acts and had he not been caught, he would have continued to exploit the system."
Sharma, however, was immediately granted bail against bonds of `15,000 and one surety.
The CBI had registered a case against Sharma on August 14, 1996 on allegations of impersonating as the senior law officer of CBI Northern Zone, New Delhi, in various government and other departments and in the process befooled a number of people in 1996 with the aim of obtaining unauthorised benefits and favours.
Sharma was arrested from the office of DIG Security, Punjab on August 14, 1996, where he had come for the purpose of getting security for himself on the ground that he was appointed as the the senior law officer in CBI. He had succeeded in obtaining services of four constables of the Punjab police as his security guards by impersonating himself as the senior law officer of the CBI.
The CBI said that Sharma had been managed to stay in the circuit houses at Patiala, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bhatinda etc. besides staying in Punjab Bhawan and Haryana Niwas at Chandigarh at a nominal rate by impersonating as a CBI officer.
He even cheated two residents of Muktsar and made them bear expenses during his visits outside Muktsar on the pretext that he was a CBI officer. A number of fake visiting cards and identity cards were also recovered from him. Fake rubber seals of various ministries and government offices was also recovered.
There was in fact, no post called the senior law officer in the CBI.