Holding that a conspiracy was hatched to trap two government officials the Bombay High Court recently acquitted a clerk and peon attached to the teshildar’s office in Beed district for demanding and accepting a graft of Rs150 in 1998.
Justice M T Joshi acquitted Ganesh Gade and Sayyed Khaja, sentenced to two years and one year respectively, under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court while acquitting them observed: “Merely because the decoy money was found on the person of the appellant – Sayyed, would not lead us to irrefutable presumption that the appellant – Ganesh has made the demand of bribe and both of them in collusion with each other have accepted the said amount as the bribe amount.”
As per the prosecution’s case, the complainant, a widow Nilabai Samudre, used to receive a monthly grant of Rs100, under the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojna, through post. For a few months prior to July 1998, she had not received the same, so she approached the office of the teshildar for the same. It is alleged that there the accused Gade asked for Rs300 to clear dues of Rs500. After bargaining the amount was settled to Rs150, which was to be paid on August 3, 1998, in his office.
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