CBI Court awards 2 years imprisonment to bank employee


JAMMU, Sep 30: Special Judge Antic orruption CBI Cases Srinagar YP Kotwal awarded 2 years imprisonment and fine Rs 10,000 to Abdul Khaliq Bhat bank employee of Kamraz Rural Bank (now J&K Grameen Bank).
According to the CBI case that Abdul Khaliq Bhat while working as messenger-cum-sweeper at Kamraz Rural Bank (now J&K Grameen Bank) Branch Office Othora (District Baramulla) was also receiving cash from account holders for depositing the same in the bank and would issue sign and stamp counter folios of pay-in-slips in token of having received the amount, however, he would not make any credit entry of the said amount in the respective ledger sheets, and other connected bank records. It is alleged that during the year 2007-2008, the accused has received Rs. 4500/, Rs. 11000/- and Rs. 5500/- on 26.10.2007, 11.3.2008 and 13.6.2008 from Bashir Ahmad Parray for depositing the same in his account No: DLA- 430 in Othora Branch of Kamraz Rural Bank. The accused after receiving the aforesaid amount from the account holder, had issued counter folios of pay-in-slips, duly stamped and signed by him as a token of acknowledgment of the receipt of the said amount. However, neither he had made credit entries of the said amount in ledger sheet, nor in the scroll and other connected record of the bank and thereby has dishonestly and fraudulently misappropriated the said amount. Accordingly, offences punishable under Section 420 & 409 RPC & Sec. 5(2) r/w Sec. 5(1)(c)(d) of J & K Prevention of Corruption Act, have been established against the accused.
Special Judge Anticorruption CBI Cases Srinagar YP Kotwal after hearing Kapil Verma P.P for CBI whereas Baba Sajad, advocate for accused observed that in view the facts and circumstances, as well as the evidence, oral and documentary on record and having regard to 3ration of FIR, and also the accused/convict having faced trial for the last more than eight and half years, the age of accused/convict being 65 years as disclosed by him in his statement recorded u/S 342 Cr.P.C.
Since the accused is not proved to be a previous convict, and there are no aggravating factors warranting exemplary punishment, the adequate sentence commensurate with the level of his guilt would be two years simple imprisonment on each count and a consolidated fine of Rs. 10,000/-.
He is sentenced accordingly. The substantive sentences of imprisonment shall run concurrently. The amount of fine be deposited within 30 days from today failing which the same shall be realized from the estate of the accused. Accused be lodged in Central Jail, Srinagar to serve the sentence. JNF

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