Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), during its ongoing campaign against corruption, has been able to nab 19 officers of different departments red-handed while accepting bribes during the month of June.

Those nabbed under corruption charges include nine police personnel, three of revenue department and seven of other departments. All the apprehended officials were booked under different provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Disclosing this on Thursday, an official spokesperson said during the last month the special courts while deciding cases filed and contested by VB had pronounced sentences from three to ten years to the five accused in different cases.

He further added that during the month of June the special courts have convicted five government officers/officials in different bribery cases, in which Manjit Singh Peon posted at civil hospital Jalandhar has been convicted of four years imprisonment with fine of Rs 5,000 by special court Jalandhar.

Likewise, Harpreet Singh, a private person, has been convicted of three years imprisonment with fine of Rs 5,000 by special court Ludhiana, Ashwani Kumar, Najar in Punjab Roadways Ludhiana, has been convicted of four years imprisonment with fine of Rs 15000 by special court Ludhiana.

Other persons, Jodha Singh and Balad Singh of Muktsar district were convicted of 10 years imprisonment with fine of Rs 1, 00,000 each by special court Mohali.

The spokesman said during the period Bureau has submitted nine challans in the courts and 6 criminal cases have also been registered. In addition to this, 10 vigilance enquiries have also been registered to probe the allegations against the public servants thoroughly.