Shillong: A Supreme Court lawyer, who
forged bills and later tried to bribe CBI officials, was today
sentenced to five years in jail by a special CBI court here.
Lawyer Halida Khatun was sentenced to five years
imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 by CBI special
Judge S R Sen for trying to bribe a CBI official with Rs 1
lakh in 2002 in lieu of "documentary evidences" against her,
senior special counsel for CBI Tsering Yangi B said.
In 1996, then director of Indian Council of
Agricultural Research (ICAR) had filed a case against Khatun
for "forging bills" and giving "inflationary bills" with
regard to the lawyer`s fees. The forged bills submitted to
ICAR amounted to Rs 8.5 lakh.
CBI had registered cases under sections 420, 468 and
471 of the IPC against her.
"In 2002, she tried to bribe a CBI official with Rs 1
lakh in exchange of the documentary evidences against her, but
the central investigating agency laid a trap and caught her
red-handed on April 23 that year," the CBI counsel said.
For the bribery case, Khatun was booked under 201 of
the IPC and Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act
For the other offences against her, Khatun was awarded
jail terms of 21 months, 45 months, six months and a fine of
Rs 5,000. "These will run concurrently with the other
punishment," the counsel said.