Govt withholds pension, gratuity of 'corrupt' officer

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Hyderabad, Feb 12 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Government has issued orders withholding pension and gratuity of a government officer, following his conviction in ACB cases.

SAS Prakash Rao, senior assistant in the office of the Narsipatnam Mandal Parishad Development Officer, was trapped by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials for accepting a bribe of Rs 900 from a contractor for showing official favour.

He was chargesheeted and later convicted by the Special Judge for ACB cases at Visakhapatnam, an official release said here.

Meanwhile, the Additional Special Judge for SPE and ACB cases at Hyderabad sentenced P Sudhakar, former Gundala Mandal Revenue Inspector, to one-year rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 and in default, to suffer six months simple imprisonment each, for the offences under sections seven and 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the P C Act, 1988. Both the sentences would run concurrently.

On August 11, 2003, the accused was trapped by ACB sleuths for accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a complainant for doing official favour, enabling him to claim compensation from the Government.

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