In a first-of-its-kind judgment, Central Bureau of Investigation special judge Vimal Kumar on Monday sentenced a suspended Chandigarh police sub-inspector, Sakattar Singh, who was convicted in a graft case to two years’ imprisonment while his wife Baljinder Kaur and son Baldeep Singh were given one-year jail terms for destroying evidence and criminal conspiracy.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on the principal defendant and of Rs 2,000 on each of the co-accused.
The CBI had arrested the three on March 29, 2011, after they were accused of demanding and accepting Rs 15,000 in bribe following a complaint filed by Ranjeet Singh who was later booked in a case of illegal confinement and rape.
Ranjeet was subsequently arrested and released on bail, but the police impounded his car parked at his home. He later told CBI sleuths that Sakattar had been demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 in return for helping him get his car back. According to him, the deal was later settled at Rs 15,000.
Acting on Ranjeet’s complaint, CBI sleuths conducted a raid at the Manimajra police station where Sakattar, after accepting the bribe, had handed over the money to his son who went home and gave it to his mother. Thereafter, a CBI team conducted a search at Sakattar’s home to recover the amount but did not find it. The CBI accused Baljinder of flushing the money down the toilet and booked her along with her son.
Interestingly, Sakattar had claimed he had demanded the bribe on behalf of the Manimajra police station SHO, inspector Rajesh Shukla, who is currently facing trial in another graft case.
However, as the CBI failed to find any material evidence against him no charges were filed against him.
Son selected as police constable
Baldeep Singh was selected for the post of a constable in the Chandigarh police but, after being charged in the graft case, was unable to join the force. According to the CBI, he had taken the bribe money from his father and had counted it before handing it over to his mother.