DEHRADUN: A CBI special court in Dehradun on Monday convicted a Lt Colonel and an assistant garrison engineer-rank official in a five-year-old bribery case and sentenced them to 10 years and 5 years of rigorous imprisonment, respectively. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 55,000 on the Lt Colonel and Rs 15,000 on the other official, reports Gaurav Talwar.
Lt Colonel Bharat Joshi, who was then posted in Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) in Dehradun as garrison engineer, was arrested by CBI on July 8, 2016 while taking bribe from a private contractor, according to prosecution lawyer Satish Kumar.
Lt Col sought Rs 38,000 as bribe from contractor
Manish Singh, who was then serving as assistant garrison engineer, was also arrested by CBI for forcing the complainant to pay the bribe, Kumar said.
Before pronouncing the quantum of punishment, the court of special CBI judge Sujata Singh on Monday convicted Joshi under sections 7 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act along with section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. Singh has been convicted under section 120-B of IPC and section 12 of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Providing further details, prosecution lawyer Kumar said, “Lt Colonel Bharat Joshi who was then serving as garrison engineer in Military Engineering Services (MES) had demanded a bribe of Rs 38,000 from a private contractor for clearing his bills. His deputy Manish Singh was forcing the complainant to give the bribe amount in one go.”
The contractor paid Rs 10,000 as first installment of the bribe to Joshi on July 4, 2016 and made the entry in his personal diary. He also recorded the conversation between him and Joshi on an SD card and submitted the same to CBI.
On the basis of the complaint made by the contractor, CBI registered a case and caught the Lt Colonel redhanded while accepting the second installment of the bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant, Kumar said.