Court awards CAPD official 3 years in jail

The court found Khan guilty for the commission of offence under section 409 of Ranbir Penal Code.

Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 14 2018 11:47PM | Updated Date: Nov 15 2018 2:46AM
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An official of the government’s consumer affairs and public distribution department was sent to jail Wednesday for three years after a court here convicted him for embezzlement of government property. 

Judicial magistrate in Pampore court, Fozia Paul sentenced Abdul Majid Khan to undergo imprisonment for three years and pay a fine of Rs 5000. Khan would have to spend an additional six months in jail on failure to pay the fine.

The court found Khan guilty for the commission of offence under section 409 of Ranbir Penal Code.

“The accused is sentenced to undergo simple imprisonment for a period of three years and is imposed a fine of Rs. 5000. In case of default in payment of fine he shall undergo further imprisonment of a period of six months,” the judge said, before directing that convict Khan to be taken to Central jail Srinagar.

The embezzlement came to light in May 2007 when police station Awantipora received a complaint that during inspection of godown of Food and Supplies department at Lethpora nearly 18 lakh empty gunny bags were found missing.

A case FIR (No. 62/2007) under sections 409,109,201 of RPC was lodged. 

Investigations later established that the accused Khan was involved in embezzlement of the government property the market value which at the time was more than one crore rupees.

The CAPD had also formed a special investigation team that also established the accused storekeeper had actually embezzled the gunny bags.

The judge while awarding punishment to the convicted employee said the battle against misappropriation was only one dimension of combating corruption and noted that it was important for the state to embark on a socially responsible and economically sound development. 

“The prosecution of public servants entrusted with the public property, who perpetrate the misappropriation of the property entrusted to them is in fulfillment of these fundamental principles of Criminal law. Moreover, it accentuates the reach of law and the justice system, as everyone, irrespective of position, should be subject to law,” the judge said.

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