Govt hospital officials jailed for taking bribe

A Bara Hindu Rao Hospital official has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for taking bribe to release the pension and other retirement dues of one of his former colleagues.

Special judge B R Kedia ordered jail for 59-year-old Subhash Babu, an upper division clerk at the hospital, for demanding and accepting Rs 2,000 as bribe.

Court’s order

“Keeping in mind that the instant case demonstrates modalities of corruption being adopted even for getting release of dues after retirement of the colleague, I sentence accused to rigorous imprisonment of two and half years,” the court said.

The prosecution case was that complainant Suraj Mal had retired as radiographer at the hospital in May 2001 and had approached Subhash on April 11, 2007 for release of balance amount of gratuity, difference of pay scale and for re-fixation of new pension.

Subhash had initially demanded Rs 5,500 from for clearing his account, but finally settled for Rs 2,000.

FIR lodged

Following this, Suraj lodged a complaint against him with the Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi government and Subhash was caught in a trap.

Observing that “social fabric is destroyed by corrupt practices in public service and demoralises bunch of honest officers in the concerned institution,” the court also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on Subhash.

It, however, accepted his plea to suspend his sentence till September 29 and released him on bail on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of same amount.

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