DDA Asst Director and 2 others sent to jail in corruption case
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 18:56
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday sentenced the Assistant Director of Delhi Development Authority and two others to varying jail terms, observing that the menace of corruption has increased due to "lenient views" taken in the past.

"The menace of corruption has entered into each and every segment of the society. Because lenient views have been taken in the past, we have reached the present hopeless situation," Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah said.

The court sent DDA's Assistant Director Pradeep Kumar Sharma and clerk Ved Prakash to jail for three years and also imposed a fine of one lakh each on both the convicts.

One of their accomplices Inderjeet, a tea vendor who had acted as a conduit, was awarded one year jail term along with a fine of Rs 20,000.

The trio was arrested by the CBI following a complaint by Nangloi resident Chattar Singh in 2001.

Singh had alleged that the officials had demanded Rs 5,000 bribe from him for issuing a no objection certificate for his property.

He had said that he needed the certificate as he had to take loan from a bank.

The CBI sleuths had caught the convicts red-handed from their office when they received Rs 3,000 as bribe from the complainant.

The court, while sentencing the convicts to jail term, declined the submissions of the counsel for Sharma and Prakash that lenient view should be taken as they have two children each and their spouses are not earning members.

"Merely because their spouses are not earning should not lead the court to treat them with kid gloves," the court said.


First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 18:56

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