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14 Punjab officials caught red-handed accepting bribes

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

As part of ongoing drive against corruption, 14 Punjab government officials, including nine from the police and revenue departments, were caught red-handed accepting bribes in February.

Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) on Monday said these 14 officials were caught red handed accepting bribes in 11 different trap cases during the last month.

Disclosing this, chief director, VB, BK Uppal said the bureau has put up its best efforts to stamp out corruption amongst public servants and others in every sphere during the period.

In this direction, the vigilance officers have ensured that suspect did not escape judicial punishment in the various courts in the State, he added.

He informed that the bureau had submitted challans of ten vigilance cases in various special courts in February. Apart from this, six vigilance enquires have also been registered to probe into the allegations against public servants.

Giving more details, he informed that special courts have decided seven bribery cases filed and contested by the bureau during last month. A senior assistant of treasury office Punjab, Harinder Singh, along with Dev Raj, Kuldeep Singh and Bant Singh (all private persons) were convicted and sentenced with seven years imprisonment.

In another case Baldev Singh, junior assistant in district treasury office Ludhiana was sentenced with two months imprisonment and fine of Rs 25,000 by additional sessions judge Ludhiana. Surinder Kumar, clerk of MC Patiala was sentenced with 4 year imprisonment and fine of Rs. 1.5 lakh by additional sessions judge Patiala.

Manjinder Singh clerk of cooperative bank, MehmaSarja in Bathinda district was sentenced with 7 years imprisonment and fine of Rs 42,75,000 by additional sessions judge Bathinda.

Likewise, Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu chairman Punjab Public Service Commission was sentenced with 7 years imprisonment and fine of Rs 75 lakh by additional sessions judge SAS Nagar.