Retired Railway Employee Gets 1 Year In Prison For Rs 100 Bribe He Took 32 Years Ago

March 10, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

A special court in Lucknow pronounced its verdict in a 32-year-old bribery case and sentenced an 82-year-old retired railway employee to one year in prison for accepting a bribe of Rs 100. The retired railway employee was sentenced to a year in prison for accepting a bribe in 1991.


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Was seeking lesser punishment due to age

The court of special CBI judge Ajai Vikram Singh refused to show any leniency to the convict who was seeking lesser punishment on the ground of his old age, and observed that doing so would give a wrong message to society.

The court also imposed a fine of ₹ 15,000 on the convict, Ram Narayan Verma.

The court held that being lenient would send a wrong message to society. Verma pleaded to the court that the incident took place 32 years ago, and at that time he had spent two days in jail before being released on bail.

Refusing the plea, the judge said two days’ imprisonment was not adequate in this case and one-year imprisonment would serve the purpose of justice, in view of the amount of bribe, nature of offence, and other factors.

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What happened in 1991?

A retired loco driver of Northern Railways, Ram Kumar Tiwari, had lodged FIR in the case with CBI in 1991.

Tiwari in his FIR alleged that for the purpose of computing his pension, his medical test was required. Verma demanded ₹ 150 bribe for the purpose.

Later, he demanded ₹ 100.

CBI arrested Verma red-handed with the bribe amount.

The CBI filed charge sheet against Verma after completing the probe. The court framed charges on the accused on November 30, 2022.

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