New Delhi: A Delhi government official has
been sentenced to three and half years in jail by a Delhi court for taking bribe from a 1984 anti-Sikh riot victim five years ago for releasing compensation to the family.
Special CBI Judge Dharmesh Sharma sentenced 53-year-old
Naib Tehsildar I K Takkar, a revenue clerk posted in the
office of Nazafgarh Sub Divisional Magistrate in West Delhi,
ruing "the utter lack of sensitivity and depraved approach" of
"To my mind, the convict, in spite of being a public
servant, was totally oblivious of the pain and suffering of
the riot victims and by demanding and accepting the bribe from
the complainant showed utter lack of sensitivity and depraved
human approach," the judge said while also imposing a fine of
Rs 25,000 upon the convict.
The judge refused to show leniency to Takkar saying
"rampant corruption by public servants is shaking the
confidence of the people in governance and the affairs of the
state beyond repairs."
The court said "the 1984 riots in Delhi and elsewhere is
a black chapter in the history of post-independent India and
judicial cognizance of the fact can be taken that many people
were killed, maimed, displaced and made to suffer irreparable
personal and property loss."