A particular courtroom for circumstances beneath Prevention of Corruption Act in Bengaluru on Monday sentenced a co-operative improvement officer to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment for accepting a bribe of Rs 7,500 5 years in the past. Decide Lakshminarayana Bhat Okay of the twenty third metropolis civil and periods courtroom additionally directed the convict to pay a high quality of Rs 10,000.
The convict, H P Sadashiva, works with the workplace of the deputy registrar of cooperative societies in Bengaluru’s Chamarajpet and is a resident of Kashinagar in Yelachenahalli, off Kanakapura Highway. In August 2017, he was caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) whereas accepting a bribe of Rs 7,500 from a person.
The ACB, in its assertion, mentioned, “Sadashiva demanded bribes from an individual who had approached him to register Dhanushree House Homeowners’ Affiliation. A cost sheet explaining the identical was submitted to the particular courtroom in September 2018.”
The prosecution confronted a significant hurdle when the shadow witness within the case turned hostile however a telephonic dialog between the complainant and Sadashiva proved to be essential within the case. A shadow witness is a authorities official who accompanies the complainant within the guise of a standard man whereas she or he palms over a bribe to the accused officer. The assertion of the shadow witness performs a vital function in courts, an ACB officer mentioned. Public prosecutor Santosh Nagarle argued the case on behalf of the ACB.
A Karnataka Energy Transmission Company (KPTCL) official, the shadow witness within the case, turned hostile saying that he couldn’t keep in mind the complainant handing over the money to Sadashiva however when recorded clips of telephonic conversations – operating as much as 15-20 minutes – was handed over, the decide upheld the digital proof and convicted Sadashiva, the ACB officer added.