Nearly 18 years after being booked for cheating and misappropriation of funds, a former sales officer of Haryana state lotteries department was held guilty and six lottery agents named as co-accused in the case were acquitted here on Friday.
Additional district and sessions judge Shalini S Nagpal will declare the quantum of sentence for 59-year-old Rajbir Singh on Tuesday.
Those acquitted are: Pankaj Aggarwal, 45; Subash Tiwari, 54; Janawanti Tiwari, 52; Vasudeva Mishra, 54; Harminder Singh Titu, 42; and Harminder Singh, 57; all six are lottery agents in Lucknow.
The first information report (FIR) of the case - registered on October 17, 1996 and lodged by the office of director of Haryana state lotteries department - had accused Rajbir and the six others of cheating and misappropriation of government revenue.
The FIR said that Rajbir, who was posted in Lucknow as a sales officer of Haryana state lotteries department from May 1993 to December 1995, had conspired with the lottery agents and sent false receipts regarding the sale of lottery tickets to his department. The cash for the sale of tickets was never sent.
Rajbir was entrusted with selling the lottery tickets and to prepare an account of sales of lottery tickets and remit the sale proceeds of lottery ticket sold by him regularly to the department headquarters in Chandigarh.