Former BMC officer convicted in bribery case

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Mumbai, Dec 28 (UNI) A special ACB court today sentenced a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officer to two-years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) and slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 in a 1998 bribery case.

Pronouncing the judgement here, Additional Sessions Judge R R Gandhi said the accused Sharad Patil, former Shops and Establishment Inspector of BMC, has committed an offence punishable under sections 7, 13 (1) r/w 13 (2)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The accused will have to undergo one-year's imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 15,000 under section 7 and two-year's imprisonment and fine of Rs 15,000 under sections 13(1) r/w 13(2)(d). In case of default of payment of the fine of Rs 30,000, he will have to undergo an additional RI of two months.

Both sentences will run concurrently, Judge Gandhi added.

Additional Public Prosecutor Lata Chheda said the complainant was having two shops in K-ward of BMC. He had paid the licence fee and other fees to the BMC Shops and Establishment Officer for procuring the licence. However, Patil was delaying the licence and instead demanded Rs 4,000 from him.

The complainant agreed to pay the amount and sought some time from him to arrange for the money. Simultaneously, he lodged a complaint with the ACB office.

The ACB sleuths laid a trap and arrested him red-handed on December 10, 1998, she added.


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