Additional district and sessions judge VP Sirohi on Saturday awarded two-year imprisonment to a clerk posted at the electricity office in Sector 43 for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 500 in 2006.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the convict.
Pronouncing sentence on Surinder (50) under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1985, the court said, "A government official, while on duty, committed a crime. He demanded and accepted bribe, sending a wrong signal in society. For his act to encourage corruption, which cannot be tolerated, the court awards him imprisonment of two years, which will act as a deterrent against corruption."
According to prosecution, convict Surinder demanded Rs 500 from Sector 46 resident Abdul Sattar on September 1, 2006, for correcting his bill amount of Rs 10,000. Initially, Surinder told complainant Sattar that if he was paid Rs 500, the bill amount could be reduced to Rs 7,000 and if he was paid Rs 1,000 the bill amount would be Rs 4,000.
Sattar complained to the vigilance authorities, who arrested Surinder in the evening while accepting Rs 500 from the complainant.
In July 2010, the court framed charges of illegal gratification against the convict, to which he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.