Owners of a rice sheller in Sunam have been sentenced to two- and-a-half-year imprisonment for not returning 2,521 quintals of rice to Punjab Agro Food Corporation in 2001.
Announcing the judgment, judicial magistrate, Sunam, Sanjeev Kundi, also imposed a fine of Rs 2 on each of the seven accused.
The accused have been identified as Gaganjot Singh, secretary of Gill Son Rice Udyog Samiti, Sheron, and others Late Labh Kaur, Balbeer Singh, Mohinder Singh, Upendera Singh, Sukhpal Singh and Nachhattar Singh. According to Rahul Sharma, counsel of PAFC, the corporation had given 27,531 bags (50 kg each) of paddy to Sheron-based Gill Son Rice Udyog Samiti for shelling.
As per the contract, the samiti had to return 8,809.92 quintals of rice by September 20, 2001. But the samiti returned only 6,287.92 quintal rice and failed to return 2,591.97 quintals worth Rs 25 lakh.
After inspection, the PAFC found that there was no rice in the godowns of the samiti. Then the samiti members gave four cheques to PAFC but the cheques got bounced. Then a complaint was filed at Sunam (sadar) police station against the samiti and a case was registered under sections 406 and 120 IPC.