28 years after taking bribe, engineer gets two-year jail

July 24th, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Nearly three decades after an engineer took a bribe of Rs.700 from a restaurant owner, the Delhi High Court Thursday awarded him two years in jail for the crime. Justice S. Muralidhar upheld the order of a trial court sentencing S.S. Bedi to two years imprisonment.

Bedi was an assistant engineer in the enforcement department of the erstwhile Delhi Electricity Supply Undertaking (DESU) when he was caught red-handed by the Anti-Corruption Branch.

On June 26, 1980, he was caught in Connaught Place area accepting a bribe of Rs.400 from a restaurant owner in Kirti Nagar who had illegally installed an air conditioner.

Bedi had initially demanded Rs.1,000 to settle the matter but bargained it to Rs.700. He had been paid Rs.300 three days earlier.

The trial court in Dec 1983 awarded two years imprisonment, which he challenged in the high court, which took 25 years to settle the case.

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