Delhi: Govt official jailed for taking bribe
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 21:17
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 government officials.

"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."


First Published: Thursday, September 01, 2011, 21:17

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