New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has
sentenced an Excise Tax officer to three-year jail term for
taking bribe from the promoter of a company to settle a
litigation against him.
The officer, who was posted in Gurgaon, had demanded a
bribe of Rs two lacs and accepted Rs 25,000 for settling a
dispute between the department and the company for violation
of excise law.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher, after going through all the
evidences, found the officer Sanjeev Kumar guilty under
various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and upheld
the lower court order which had also imposed a fine of
Rs 10,000 on him.
Kumar was arrested by CBI`s Anti-Corruption Bureau in
May 2002 after it laid a trap for him on a complaint of Rupesh
Jain, who was director and promoter of M/s Flexo Foam Pvt Ltd.
Kumar was then caught red-handed when he accepted the
money from Jain at his residence.
After a prolong trial which continued for seven years,
the lower court convicted and sentenced him to three years of
imprisonment in May this year.
Kumar approached the High Court challenging trial
court`s order but the court dismissed his plea.