Drug controller gets 3 years jail term in bribery case

Shimla: A district court in Solan convicted a former drug controller Sher Singh Thakur under Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced him to 3 years of rigorous imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 each under three separate sections of the Act.

Another accused Dinesh Rana, who happened to be a close relative of Sher Singh and acted as agent of many pharmaceutical companies has also been convicted and sentenced for offence under section 8 of P.C.Act, 1988 with one year rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs. 10,000/-.

In a case registered by State Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Bureau, Solan on 22 February, 2008, under 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, Special Judge, Solan KS Chandel convicted Thakur under section 13(1) and 13(2) of the act for 3 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 for the offence.

The former drug controller has been convicted and sentenced for an offence under section 7 of P.C. Act, 1988 with one year rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs. 10,000/- and under section 10 of P.C. Act, 1988 for one year rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 10,000/- for the offense, Anurag Garg, IG State Vigilance & Anti Corruption Bureau disclosed.

In a trap laid out by the vigilance bureau, cash of Rs 4,72,500 was recovered from personal possession of Sher Singh.

Cash of Rs 14,70,000 and valuable articles/goods viz. electronics, watches, jewellery silver & gold was recovered during a house search of the convicted official.

All these items many of which bore the name of the person from such illegal gratifications were received and cash recovered during the investigation has been confiscated to the State of H.P. by the court being illegal and bribe money.

Car which was used by the convict for commission of offense may also be confiscated to the State of H.P after issue of notice to the registered owner of the car.

This case was investigated by Basher Singh, DySP., SV & ACB, Solan and public prosecutor in the case was done by RR Thakur, Special Public Prosecutor, SV & ACB, HP, Shimla, said Garg.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

3 Comments

  • Quite a heart-warming news! A photograph of such public enemies alongside the news should be in order. This reminds us of Drug Controller of China (the top guy) who was executed immediatly by the death squad after the Chinese court found him primarily responsible for infamous baby milk adultration scam that hit the country a few years ago.

  • Conviction is OK but still what about the stand of HP Govt? Today’s newspaper quote a top official’s statement that the govt will examine whether the convict will remain on his present post or not.

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