Srinagar, March 25 :

Anti-Corruption Court Srinagar has sentenced a policeman to one year in jail for demanding and accepting bribe.

According to a statement, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah who was posted at Police Station Charar-e-Sharief as ASI was convicted U/S 5(2) PC Act and 161 RPC and sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for one year and pay a fine of Rs. 10,000/- under each offence.

The statement reads that in case of default in payment of fine, the accused shall undergo further imprisonment for one month under each offence. “The accused convict has been taken into custody and send to Central Jail Srinagar for serving the sentence.”

It reads the accused was trapped while he was posted at Police Station Charar-e-Sharief in 2008 following a complaint lodged by one Ab. Rashid Chopan R/o Fresdub, Charar-e-Sharief, Budgam in Police Station VOK (now ACB).

“It was averred that the complainant had purchased 03 quintals of rice from Govt. Ration Depot Nagam, Charar-e-Sharief and was transporting the same in a Sumo towards their home. On his way he was intercepted by ASI Mushtaq Ahmad Shah who took him along with rice to Nowhar, Charar-e-Sharief where he demanded and accepted bribe of Rs. 500/- from the complainant but returned only 02 quintals of rice to him.”

It added the accused handed over remaining one quintal of rice to a shopkeeper and demanded further bribe of Rs. 1000/- from the complainant.

“The complainant persuaded the accused who agreed to accept Rs. 500/- only to settle the issue. The bribe was agreed to be paid on 19-09-2008. However, the complainant lodged a complaint with VOK (now ACB) and accordingly a team of officers was constituted to lay trap for the accused public servant. The team laid a successful trap and arrested the accused red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe. The tainted money was recovered from his possession.”

It reads special prosecuting officer on behalf of ACB contested the case resulting in the conviction awarded by the special judge ACB Srinagar.

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