Rs 5 bribe lands stamp vendor, salesman in jail
New Delhi: Demanding a bribe of Rs 5 has
proved costly for a stamp vendor and her salesman who were
on Wednesday sent to two-year rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court.
Manju Agrawal, 48, and her 26-year-old salesman Deepak
Sharma were held guilty by Special Judge BR Kedia of entering
into a conspiracy to sell stamp paper at a premium of Rs five.
"I have no hesitation to safely conclude that in
pursuance of the criminal conspiracy hatched by both accused
Manju Agarwal and Deepak Sharma to sell stamp paper on
premium, accused Deepak Sharma demanded Rs 55 as against sale
of stamp paper of Rs 50 on behalf of Manju Agarwal," the judge
It also imposed a fine of Rs 1500 on Agarwal and Rs 500
The court noted that the stamp vendor used to get
commission from the government for sale of stamp paper and
demanding extra amount beyond the amount of stamp paper
amounted to demanding bribe.
The case was filed on the complaint of Satish, alias
Shish Pal, who had said he had gone to buy a stamp paper from
Agarwal at the Typist and Stamp Vendor hall at Karkardooma
Court Complex on December 4, 2003.
He said Agarwal's salesman Sharma demanded Rs 55 from him
for a stamp paper of Rs 50.