State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against corruption, has been able to nab 38 officials of different departments red handed while accepting bribes in 30 trap cases during the month of May and June which includes 11 employees of revenue department, 5 police personnel, 6 of power and 16 belonging to other departments.
Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau said the Bureau had laid 20 traps in the month of May in which 25 officials were nabbed whereas 10 traps were conducted in June and caught 13 employees red handed. The Bureau had submitted 20 challans of vigilance cases in various special courts in the last two months and registered eight criminal cases against the accused officials. Apart from this, 17 vigilance enquires have also been registered to probe corruption cases.
Giving more details, he informed that various special courts have decided eight bribery cases filed and contested by the Bureau during last two months and pronounced sentences to 9 accused officials. During the month of May, Hans Raj Patwari was convicted and sentenced with 4 years imprisonment with fine of Rs. 10000 by the special court Bathinda. Similarly Sukhdeep Singh General Manager Punjab Roadways had been imprisoned with 4 years jail with Rs. 8000 fine by special court Moga and Rajiv Verma, RTL of PSPCL Patiala sentenced with 4 years jail with fine of Rs. 8000 by special court Patiala.
In another bribery case Balwinder Singh ASI of Police Station Rajpura had been imprisoned with 5 years jail with fine of Rs. 40,000 by special court Patiala and Amit Anand clerk at SDM office Jalandhar was sentenced with 4 years imprisonment with fine of Rs. 5000 by special court Jalandhar.
Likewise, during the previous month, Ranjodh Singh Functional Manager Industry department Moga was convicted of 4 years jail term with fine of Rs. 20000 by special court Moga, Rakesh Kumar Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) Ludhiana had been sentenced with 4 years imprisonment with fine of Rs. 50,000 while as Ram Chander agent of MVI was convicted of 2 years jail and Rs. 20,000 fine by special court Ludhiana and Tarlochan Singh JE of PSPCL Rajpura had been awarded with imprisonment of 3 years with fine of Rs. 10,000 by special court Patiala.