Veterinary Health officer convicted

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Jammu, Mar 1: On 03.09.2011, one Riyaz Ahmed Bhat lodged a verbal report at P/S Vigilance Organization Jammu alleging therein that at about 10:30 AM one M.L Gupta Veterinary Health Officer of JMC Jammu came to his shop and lifted the meat (flesh). On questioning by the shop owner as to why he lifted the meat from his shop the said Veterinary Officer replied that he is not paying Rs. 2000/- per month as bribe. As per complaint, the officer remained adamant on demand of bribe of Rs. 2000/- and he being against the corruption came to Vigilance Organization for taking necessary action.  Consequently, case FIR No. 18/2011 u/s 5 (2) J&K PC Act r/w 161 RPC was registered in P/s Vigilance Organization Jammu against M.L Gupta Municipal Veterinary Officer JMC, Jammu and he was caught red handed while demanding and accepting an amount of Rs. 2000/- as bribe from the complainant. As the accused after accepting the bribe money had handed over the same to his conduit Jaswant Lal, both the accused were formally arrested.

After completion of the investigation and other legal formalities challan (chargesheet) was filed against both the accused persons before the Additional Judge, Anti-Corruption Court, Jammu on 25.04.2013 wherein the Hon’ble court after conducting a full fledged trial of the case, convicted and sentenced both the accused persons namely Manohar Lal Gupta and Jaswant Lal with simple imprisonment of two years and a fine of Rs. 15,000/- each under section 5(1) (d) punishable under section 5(2) of PC Act Svt. 2006 and one year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000/-  u/s 161 RPC vide judgment dated 01.03.2019.

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