Bribe an accepted norm in govt offices: Delhi HC

Bribe has become an accepted norm and no work is done without paying the money in government offices, the Delhi High Court has said while sending an MCD employee to 18 months imprisonment for accepting bribe.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 18:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Bribe has become an accepted norm
and no work is done without paying the money in government
offices, the Delhi High Court has said while sending an MCD
employee to 18 months imprisonment for accepting bribe.
"The bribe culture in this country has increased so much
over the time that it is hard to imagine if any work gets done
in government offices and in the offices of various public
authorities without payment of bribe money. If you have to
receive payment from any official of any public authorities,
you give speed money or bribe money," Justice S N Dhingra
said.

"Everybody knows that no work is done without paying
bribe. That is why no voice of resistance or objection is
raised by co-employees in such cases. No co-employee comes to
help of such a harassed person either because of indifference
or because they themselves indulge into similar practices,"
the court said.
The court made the remarks while upholding the conviction
and sentence of 18 months imprisonment for accepting a bribe
of Rs 1500 seventeen years back in 1993.

"It is not strange that in this case bribe was demanded
in the presence of all other employees who were sitting in the
office because bribe has become an accepted norm in public
offices," the court said.

The court said bribe culture is so deep-rooted that a
person has to pay money even for withdrawing money from
provident fund.

"Even if an ordinary employee has to withdraw money from
his own Provident Fund for some necessity, he will find it
difficult to withdraw unless he bribes the concerned babus,"
the court said.

PTI