A dismissed Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Delhi police was on Thursday sentenced to two years imprisonment by a court in New Delhi for seeking bribe from a man for taking action on his complaint with regard to dowry harassment of his sister by her inlaws.
Ved Raj Rai, 54, was held guilty under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and also slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 by Special Judge A S Yadav.
The court refused to take a lenient view against Rai, who submitted that he had been terminated from the service and was plying a rickshaw to meet both ends, allowing prosecution's contention that deterrent punishment should be awarded to the convict to check rampant corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials of Delhi Government had apprehended Rai on March 17, 2005 when he was allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2,000 from one Naveem Kumar.
Kumar lodged a complaint with the ACB, alleging that Rai, who was the Investigating Officer (IO), was demanding money to pursue his complaint with regard to harassment being meted out to his sister by her inlaws and her husband.
Rai was then posted as incharge of police post Burari.
The court, following examination of 10 witnesses by the prosecution, convicted Rai and awarded the prison term, besides the fine.