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Punjab Police AIG sentenced to three years in jail for taking Rs 50,000 bribe

Sandhu, who was accompanied by his son and a posse of policemen in court, was also ordered to pay Rs1 lakh fine.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2018 11:19 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PS Sandhu
PS Sandhu(HT Photo)

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has sentenced assistant inspector general (AIG) of Punjab Police Service (PPS), PS Sandhu, to three years in prison in a case of bribery, but has also granted him bail.

Sandhu, who was accompanied by his son and a posse of policemen in court, was also ordered to pay Rs1 lakh fine.

The court found him guilty under section 7 and section 13 (2) read with sections 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. He was, however, granted bail soon after the order was pronounced.

The arguments were closed before the additional district and sessions judge Gagan Geet Kaur on July 31, 2018.

Then posted as AIG (internal vigilance cell) at the Punjab Police headquarters, Sandhu was caught red-handed in July 2011 accepting Rs 50,000 from the complainant, Nishant Sharma, to help a man who had numerous criminal cases registered against him.

While pronouncing the judgment, the judge said Sandhu’s defence did not seem to be probable.

The AIG’s claim that he took the money as a loan and not a bribe was also not found to be genuine as “this stand was not taken by accused at the first available opportunity,” the judgment said.

Commenting on Sandhu’s defence, the order added, “It is the duty of the court to cull out the nuggets of truth from the evidence unless there is reason to believe that the inconsistencies or falsehood are so glaring as utterly to destroy confidence in the witnesses”.

The defence also argued that Sandhu was made a victim of conspiracy by his rival contender who was then SSP Mohali.

Cannot be said that CBI biased towards accused, says court

Sandhu, as SP headquarters, Moga, was also arrested in 2008 in connection with the Moga sex scandal case, a blackmail racket.

Two women involved in the case unearthed in April 2007 connived with the police to extort money from people by threatening to slap sexual abuse charges against them.

Friday’s CBI court order stated that there was no case of illegality if some CBI officials handled both the graft and blackmail cases. “There is no illegality or it cannot be said that CBI is biased towards the accused,” the order added.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 12:04 IST

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