‘Corruption by public servants a gigantic problem’

Observing that corruption has become a `gigantic problem`, a Delhi court has sentenced a city policeman to three years jail for accepting bribe.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2011, 12:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Observing that corruption has
become a "gigantic problem", a Delhi court has sentenced a
city policeman to three years jail for accepting bribe.

Special CBI judge PS Teji sentenced Jawala Prasad,
62, who was posted as head constable at Mandawali police
station here in 2003, after holding him guilty under the
Prevention of Corruption Act.

Prasad was arrested by CBI sleuths on a complaint by
Charanjeet Lal in September 2003 that the former demanded Rs
3,000 as bribe from him for taking action against a private
firm.

"It is important to note that corruption by public
servants has become a gigantic problem. It has spread
everywhere and no facet of public activity has been left
unaffected by the sting of corruption.

"It has deep and pervasive impact on the functioning
of the entire country and large scale corruption retards the
national building activities and everyone has to suffer on
that count," the court said imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 on
him.

Lal had filed a cheque bounce case against JVG
Investment Company and when he approached the Mandawali police
station with a non-bailable warrant against an official of the
company, he was asked by the SHO to contact Prasad.

When Lal met Prasad, he demanded a bribe of Rs 3,000
from him to arrest the official of the firm.

A CBI team arrested Prasad near Nizamuddin bridge
and the bribe amount of Rs 3,000 was recovered from him.

Prasad, however, had submitted before the court that
he was falsely implicated in the case, but the judge dismissed
his contentions saying, "the prosecution has successfully
established the recovery of bribe money from the accused."

PTI