SC upholds jail for man accepting Rs 50 bribe!

More than 17 years after he was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 50, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the one-year sentence imposed under the Prevention of Corruption Act on an municipal body employee of Tamil Nadu.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 00:10 AM IST

New Delhi: More than 17 years after he was
caught accepting a bribe of Rs 50, the Supreme Court on Wednesday
upheld the one-year sentence imposed under the Prevention of
Corruption Act on an municipal body employee of Tamil Nadu.

Kootha Perumal, an employee of Pudukottai
Municipality, was caught on August 23, 1993, by Anti
Corruption Bureau sleuths for demanding and accepting a
bribe of Rs 50 from the complainant Nayinar Mohammed, for
issuing a tax certificate to enable him obtain a loan from a
finance company.
"We are of the considered opinion that the trial court
as well as the High Court have analyzed the entire evidence
and clearly held that a demand was definitely made by the
appellant for delivery of the tax certificate," a bench of
justices B Sudershan Reddy and Surinder Singh Nijjar said in
their judgement.

The Madras High Court had on March 7, 2007, affirmed
the conviction and sentence recorded by the Special
Judge-cum-Additional District Judge, Pudukottai, who sentenced
the accused to one year RI and imposed a fine of Rs.500 under
the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988.

The apex court also rejected the plea of the accused
that the sanctioning authority did not apply his mind while
granting sanction for his prosecution.
"We may notice that the entire trap has been
meticulously orchestrated by the prosecution authority. We are
unable to discern any arbitrariness or inconsistencies in the
concurrent findings recorded by the courts below.

"We find no merit in this appeal. The appeal is
dismissed," the apex court said.

PTI