CBI Special Court sentences Railway employee to 3-year jail

तिरुचिरापल्ली Tiruchirappalli (TPJ): A CBI special court here on Thursday sentenced a senior divisional engineer (SDE) of the Southern Railway (Trichy) to three years of imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs.2 Lakh on him in a bribery case.

CBI special court judge M M Krishnan, however, kept the sentence under suspension and allowed the convict to file an appeal within a month.

The case relates to a bribery charge against P V Reddy, SDE, Southern Railway (Trichy). According to the prosecution, M Pandidurai, who was carrying out civil works in the railways under contract, had approached Reddy to clear his pending bills in November 2008. The SDE had demanded Rs 1 lakh as bribe from Pandidurai to clear the bills.

Unwilling to grease the palm of the SDE, Pandidurai had knocked on the doors of the CBI’s anti-corruption wing by way of a complaint.

A CBI team laid a trap to catch Reddy red-handed. As per the team’s advice, the contractor went to the SDE office to hand over the amount. When Reddy accepted the bribe amount from Pandidurai, CBI sleuths nabbed him, according to CBI’s senior public prosecutor N Nagendran, who argued the case successfully.

Reddy was arrested then and lodged at the Madurai central prison. Later, he was granted bail.

The CBI filed chargesheet in June 2009 before the special court. As the officer refused the charges, the case went on trial and came to an end on Thursday.

During the trial, cell phone call details between the officer and the contractor helped the CBI to prove its case. The judge, who examined 13 witnesses, delivered the judgment. However, the convict’s jail sentence was kept in suspension by the judge.

“The judge suspended his jail sentence and has allowed him to go on appeal within one month. When the punishment period is of three year or less than three years suspension of sentence is possible,” Nagendran said