Former Punjab officer gets 5 years RI in 2011 corruption case RS News

A special CBI court in Chandigarh on Thursday sentenced a former junior assistant in the office of the Registrar of Firms and Societies, Punjab, to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in a 2011 corruption case.

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The special CBI court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Jagjit Singh convicted Davinder Singh alias Devinder Thapa under section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh on the convict.

While pronouncing the sentence, the court said, “Corruption has penetrated into the roots and corners of the society so much that people have a perception that for any work they have to bribe an official.” Gradually an opinion is being formed that even for his legitimate work, a person or an officer has to pay a bribe. As a result of this, people like criminals have started to take advantage of this perception being created, and abuse this thought process. ,

“Thus, a deep nexus is created between the offender-like person and the person who compels the offender-like person to perform his public duty unreasonably, and is rewarded for such improper performance of his public duty.” This nexus between the guilty and similar persons, who join hands with each other, needs to be broken at the earliest, in order to bring back the faith of the people in the society on the right things,” the court said. Told.

The court has already acquitted a second person in the case, the then private secretary in the Punjab Secretariat, Bhag Singh, posted as a personal assistant to a cabinet minister, former Punjab MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Raj Khurana. Is. He was abandoned as he passed away in 2017.

As per the details, the accused were tried under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

The corruption case was registered in 2011 on the complaint of Manpreet Singh, general secretary of Punjab Automobile Mechanics Association. Singh had alleged that the association had bought a pocket land in Dera Bassi’s Bishangarh village in 1981. Later the association decided to sell the land. Initially, the land could not be sold due to a court case, which was eventually liquidated in 2009. Thereafter, the land was sold and the amount was distributed among the members of the association. Singh alleged that a few days after selling the land, accused Davinder Singh Thapa called him to inform him that there was a complaint against him and other executive members of the association. The complainant Manpreet Singh and the association’s vice-president SS Sondhi met Davinder, who told them that there were orders to depute an IAS officer as the head of the Punjab Automobile Mechanics Association and register an FIR against the executive members. organization.

As per the allegations, Thapa demanded Rs 2 crore from Singh to close the complaint against him, which was reduced to Rs 1.50 crore by the members of the association. Thapa told the members that he would get the work done through Raj Khurana, who would approach Punjab government minister Manoranjan Kalia for this purpose.

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