A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice R. Banumathi, in a judgment pronounced on May 15, confirmed the conviction of a seventy four years old public servant under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Keeping in view the age of the public servant and the fact that the incident had taken place 19 years ago, the Court reduced the sentence of rigorous imprisonment of four years to one year.
The Court was hearing an appeal filed by Mr. K.L. Bakolia against a Delhi High Court judgment through which the Court had confirmed the appellant’s conviction under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The Complaint was filed by Mr. Shamsher Singh. He alleged that when Mr. K.L. Bakolia was contacted by the complainant for renewal of contract for providing security staff to Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Bakolia demanded a bribe of Rs. 50, 000. Singh then contacted the CBI and an FIR was registered on the basis of Singh’s complaint.
A set up was created to trap Bakolia red handed and it succeeded. He was subsequently convicted by the Special Judge under Section 7 and Section 13(2) read with Section 13(1)(d) of the Act and sentenced the appellant to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of four years on each count with a fine of Rs.500/- each with default clause.
Aggrieved by the conviction, the appellant then filed an appeal before the Delhi High Court which confirmed the conviction. The appellant then approached the Supreme Court.
Read the Judgment here.