In a first of its kind judgment, CBI special judge Vimal Kumar on Wednesday convicted three of a family, including a suspended sub-inspector (SI), in a graft case even as the investigating agency failed to recover the bribe money.
The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence against convicts — suspended UT SI Sakatar Singh, wife Baljinder Kaur and son Baldeep Singh —on Monday.
On March 29, 2011, CBI had arrested Sakatar, his wife and son on allegations of demanding and accepting Rs 15,000 in bribe, following a complaint by Ranjeet Singh, who was booked in a case of illegal confinement and rape.
Ranjeet had been arrested and released on bail. But his car had been impounded from his house. He had complained to the CBI that the SI had been demanding Rs 20,000 in bribe for helping him get his car back. The deal was later settled at Rs 15,000.
Acting on Ranjeet’s complaint, CBI sleuths conducted a raid at Manimajra police station, where Sakatar after accepting the illegal gratification had handed over the amount to his son. The youth in turn took the money home and handed it over to his mother.
Thereafter, the CBI team searched the SI’s house for recovery of the amount, but in vain. CBI alleged that the money was flushed in a toilet by Baljinder, following which CBI booked her and her son. While convicting Sakatar, his wife and son, the court did not give them benefit of doubt for non-recovery of the graft amount.
Interestingly, Sakatar had claimed that he was demanding the bribe on behalf of inspector Rajesh Shukla, who is currently facing trial in another graft case. However, as the CBI failed to find any material evidence against Shukla, SHO of Manimajra police station, he was not named as accused.
Similar case pending
In a similar case, CBI had booked income tax officer RK Jain and his mother Kanta Jain, 80. The officer was arrested by the CBI on February 5, 2013, while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a real estate agent for settling income tax notices served on him. Kanta, who was suffering from cancer, was sued as accused by the investigating agency in the chargesheet, following recovery of the bribe amount from her undergarment.
The court had framed charges against the two, but Kanta died a few weeks ago due to her disease.