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Court sentences one-year imprisonment to a police officer in Kashmir  

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Special Anti-Corruption Court Srinagar has sentenced a police officer to one-year imprisonment.

The convicted police officer had been arrested by the Vigilance Organization Kashmir on charges of bribe in 2008 when he was posted at police station Charar-e-Sharif, here in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar, Chain Lal Bavoria as per the news agency Kashmir News Trust awarded one-year simple imprisonment to Police Sub Inspector Mushtaq Ahmad Shah. The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 and in case of default in payment of the fine, the accused shall undergo further imprisonment for one month.

The accused was sent to Central Jail Srinagar.

Notable, the accused police sub-inspector Mushtaq Ahmad Shah was trapped while he was posted at Police Station Charar-e-Sharif Budgam on in September 2008 following a complaint lodged by one Abdul Rashid Chopan of Fresdub village at Vigilance (Now ACB) Police Station in Budgam.

It was averred that the complainant had purchased 3 quintals of rice from Government Ration Depot Nagam, Charar-e-Sharif and was transporting the same in a Sumo towards his home.

On his way he was intercepted by convicted police officer Mushtaq Ahmad Shah who took him along with rice to Nowhar, Charar-e-Sharief where he demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs. 500 from the complainant but returned only 2 quintals of rice to him.

The convicted officer handed over the remaining one quintal of rice to a shopkeeper and demanded a further bribe of Rs. 1000 from the complainant. The complainant persuaded the police officer who agreed to accept Rs. 500 only to settle the issue. The bribe was agreed to be paid on 19 September 2008.

Before greasing the palm of the officer, the complainant approached the Vigilance Organization. Accordingly, a team of officers was constituted who laid a successful trap and arrested the accused officer red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe. The tainted money was recovered from his possession.

In this case, Anti- Corruption Bureau was represented by Special Prosecuting Officer Ghulam Jeelani. [KNT]

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