Ex-junior clerk sentenced to 2-yr RI in bribery case


Bhubaneswar: A special vigilance court in Sambalpur on Thursday convicted a former junior clerk in a bribery case and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment.

The vigilance judge also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the convict, Basanta Kumar Biswal, former junior clerk in the office of assistant engineer of public health division, Burla. In case of non-payment of fine, the convict will have to undergo additional rigorous imprisonment of three months.

The court also sentenced the convict to one year rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 under another section. Failure to pay the fine will invite additional imprisonment of one month. Both the substantive sentences will to run concurrently, the court clarified.

According to case details, Biswal had demanded bribe of Rs 2,500 from a person to process his pension paper.  Subsequently, Biswal was arrested and a charge sheet was filed against him. Special Judge Vigilance Santosh Kumar Jena pronounced the verdict.

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