Karnataka: Clerk who took bribe from deceased’s kin convicted | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: An official who harassed the family of a deceased government employee to clear the file on compensation payable to the latter has been sentenced to four years in jail and fined Rs 20,000.
A local court in Tumakuru on Monday awarded the sentence to 41-year-old K Ramesh, a second-division clerk in Kunigal town municipal council. He was caught red-handed in 2015 while accepting Rs 5,000 bribe, and Lokayukta police filed a chargesheet under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“Accused Ramesh is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of four years and has to pay fine of Rs 20,000. In case of default of payment, he shall undergo further simple imprisonment for two months,” read the order passed by S Sudindranath, VII additional sessions and special court judge.
Ramesh was trapped while accepting the bribe from the bereaved family of a waterman, Krishnappa from Kunigal, who had died on duty in 2015. The government had appointed Krishnappa’s son Nagaraj to his father’s post on compensatory grounds. Nagaraj had approached Ramesh seeking his help in getting death benefits of his father. Ramesh demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 to clear the documents. Though Krishnappa’s family requested Ramesh to decrease the amount owing to their financial status, the latter was adamant. Nagaraj paid Rs 3,000 as advance and the family approached the Lokayukta with a complaint.
Special public prosecutor N Basavaraju said. “The trap was laid on December 9, 2015. He was arrested the same day and sent to judicial custody. Nagaraj had recorded his conversations with Ramesh, wherein he demanded the bribe and refused to decrease the amount when requested. The voice recordings played an important role in the conviction.”

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