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DDA employee gets 30 months in jail in graft case


New Delhi: A 60-year-old DDA employee has been sent to two-and-a-half year in jail for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 by a Delhi court, which took a lenient view towards him considering his family circumstances.

Special Judge Narottam Kaushal held Vinod Kumar, an officiating clerk with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) guilty of demanding and accepting the bribe from complainant Karan Singh, employed as a gardener with DDA, to clear his medical reimbursement claim.

“Prosecution has  proved  beyond  reasonable  doubt  that accused had demanded and consciously accepted Rs 1000 from the complainant… the amount was received as a motive for doing the official work i.e. clearing medical reimbursement claim of the complainant,” the judge said.

The judge, however, took a lenient view towards him and awarded him 30-month jail term for the offences under sections 7 (Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) and 13(2)(criminal misconduct by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

The court, which also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on him, relied on the testimony of the complainant saying it inspired confidence.

“Complainant’s evidence inspires confidence. He withstood the cross examination, despite working at the level of a gardener. He was not rattled or ruffled…”

“I am of the opinion that complainant’s testimony as  regards the demand of bribe by the accused on August 29, 2013 during their physical meeting… is proved beyond reasonable doubt. Thus, prosecution has successfully proved allegations
of demand of bribe prior to the raid,” the judge said.

According to the Anti-Corruption Branch, a complaint was lodged by Karan that Vinod had demanded an illegal gratification of Rs 1,000 from him on August 28, 2013 when he had gone to get his medical reimbursement application cleared.

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