DTC employee sent to jail for taking Rs 2,000 bribe

DTC employee sent to jail for taking Rs 2,000 bribe

Court imposes Rs 50,000 fine on accused

A 48-year-old DTC employee has been sentenced to four years by a Delhi court for taking Rs 2,000 bribe from a man, promising him a driver’s job in the state-owned transport corporation.

Special CBI judge Justice P S Teji awarded four-year rigorous imprisonment to Santok Dass.

“Corruption by public servants has become a gigantic problem,” the court observed.

“Corruption has spread everywhere and no facet of public activity has been left unaffected by its sting,” said Justice Teji. “It has deep and pervasive impact on the functioning of the entire country and large-scale corruption retards national building activities, and everyone has to suffer on that count,” the judge said.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Dass. He was arrested by CBI on a complaint by Narender Tyagi, who worked as a temporary driver with DTC from 2005 to 2006.

He was asked to quit after he did not turn up for work for a month due to his father’s illness.

How it happened

Then DTC began recruiting drivers on a short-term basis in August 2007.

When Tyagi went to apply for it, he met Dass, then working as a conductor with East Vinod Nagar depot.

Dass demanded Rs 3,000 from Tyagi for getting his name approved as a driver, following which the latter filed a complaint with the CBI.

“Corruption is corroding our country like cancerous lymph nodes and demoralising honest officers,” the court said, while sending Dass to jail.

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