Former health services official gets two years in jail in DA case

Former health services official gets two years in jail in DA case

A 64-year-old former official of Directorate General of Health Services has been sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court for amassing assets of Rs 23.47 lakh, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Jain handed down the jail term to Janak Raj, who was working as assistant drug controller with Directorate General of Health Services at Nirman Bhawan here, after holding him guilty under various provisions of the Prevention of the Corruption Act.

No sympathy

While declining Janak’s plea for leniency, the court said the convict does not deserve “unplaced sympathy” as corruption by a public servant is a serious crime.

“Keeping in view the incriminating and mitigating circumstances, nature and gravity of offence, the extent of disproportionate assets and the consequences of the offences committed by convict (Janak), in my opinion, convict does not deserve unplaced sympathy.

“Though corruption in any form by anyone in any system is a serious offence but in a democratic society, corruption by a public servant is most serious which does not deserve any leniency,” the court said, which also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on him.

The CBI had alleged that Janak, who had joinedthe DGHS as assistant chemist in 1970, acquired assets to the tune of Rs 40.95 lakh.

“His wife claimed to be a teacher with a school which was non-existent, while his two children were studying,” the CBI had said.

The CBI, which had listed as many as 26 witnesses during filing of the chargesheet, had taken prior permission from the Ministry of Health for prosecution of the officer.

According to the probe agency, the accused had amassed the illegal wealth between January, 2000 to May, 2005.

The court, meanwhile, allowed Janak’s plea to suspend his sentence for enabling him to file an appeal before the Delhi High Court against his conviction and punishment.

The court granted him 30 days’ time for filing the appeal.

The convict was asked to furnish a personal bond in the sum of Rs 1 lakh with one surety of the like amount.

The court, in its judgement, also said corruption in any form in any section of society is a