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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Punjab vigilance bureau nabs state SC commission member for accepting 50k bribe

The accused demanded the bribe to assure disposal of the application and favourable judgement

punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2017 18:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
Accused Babu Singh Panjawa (C) was arrested by Ferozepur vigilance bureau for accepting Rs 50,000 bribe
Accused Babu Singh Panjawa (C) was arrested by Ferozepur vigilance bureau for accepting Rs 50,000 bribe(HT Photo)

The Punjab vigilance bureau arrested a member of Punjab State Commission for Schedule Caste while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 in Ferozepur on Saturday.

“The accused, Babu Singh Panjawa had demanded bribe of Rs 5 lakh from Major Singh of Tapa in Barnala district for disposing off a casteist remark case against him,” said Hargobind Singh, SSP (Vigilance) Ferozepur. However, a deal of Rs 2.50 lakh was struck, said the SSP.

The complaint was filed by Gurjant Singh, who had submitted a written complaint to the State SC Commission against Major Singh for uttering castiest words to him and the same was being probed by Panjawa.

On October 24, Panjawa took Rs 2.5 lakh from Major Singh but later demanded Rs 50,000 more to get a favourable judgement, he said.

Meanwhile, Major Singh approached the vigilance and on Saturday Babu Singh was caught red handed while accepting Rs 50,000 bribe at Lambi in Muktsar.

During the search of the vehicle, a .32 bore revolver and 16 cartridges were recovered, which is in violation of the Muktsar district magistrate’s order, who had banned carrying of weapons.

The accused was booked under sections 7 (Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration), 13(2) (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

First Published: Oct 28, 2017 17:40 IST