The special CBI court convicted a former senior western railway employee on Thursday for misappropriating railway funds. He was sentenced to a year's imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 56,000.
According to the CBI, Surajsingh K Thakur, former senior cashier, working in the office of the divisional cashier (Pay), Western Railway used to misappropriate cash and had caused the railways a loss of over Rs 40 lakh.
"Whenever any amount was paid to Thakur, he used to issue the receipt of the amount. However, while depositing it in the Reserve Bank of India, he never deposited the full amount," said special CBI prosecutor Suresh Badami.
The CBI told the court that during 1998 and 1999, Thakur made 24 transactions, which he misappropriated.
"We divided the transactions into a group of three and registered a FIR. Eight cases were registered against Thakur," said Badami.
Thakur was booked for misappropriation of funds, forgery, abuse of position as a public servant and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Thakur was arrested in the year 2000 and was later released on bail.
Special CBI judge Vijay Sikchi accepted the CBI's case and convicted Thakur.
"Thakur was also fined Rs 7,000 in each case, which means he will have to pay a total fine of Rs 56,000," added Badami.
After the sentencing, the court granted Thakur bail giving him a chance to file and appeal with the Bombay High Court.