New Delhi: An animal welfare department
officer has been sentenced to three and a half years of
rigorous imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 in
a bribery case by a special CBI court in Ambala.
The Anti Corruption Branch of the agency in Chandigarh
had registered a case against Madan Verma on the allegation
that the accused demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a
complainant for allowing safe passage to his vehicles that
were carrying animals to be sold off at the animal sale mandi
"He also threatened that, otherwise, their vehicles would
be impounded. The accused directed the complainant to hand
over the bribe money of Rs 5,000 to him on September five,
2006, at a tea-stall located on Narwana, Hisar Road after
de-loading the animals at the mandi," CBI spokesperson said
Accordingly, a trap was laid and accused was caught red
handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from
the complainant in the presence of independent witnesses, he
"The accused was honorary animal welfare officer of
Animal Welfare Board of India. On the pretext of prevention of
cruelty to animals, he used to stop vehicles to extort money,"
the officer said.