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Home Affairs official among two held guilty in graft case 

Chandigarh, October 9

The court of Special CBI Judge Sushil Kumar Garg today convicted Tejbir Singh Walia, Superintendent, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, and Khushal Singh, clerk, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Muktsar, in a corruption case. Caught for accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 for the extension of jurisdiction of an arms licence, both have been taken into custody. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Friday.

In a complainant submitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 28, 2012, Rajinder Singh, a transporter, stated that he had applied for the extension of the jurisdiction of his arms licence to the areas of Chandigarh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The application was forwarded to the Secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, Punjab. Later, he came to know that the application got misplaced.

His brother too had applied for the same on August 23, 2012. The complainant discussed the issue with Khushal Singh, who was working in the office of the SDM, Muktsar. He asked the complainant to “meet Tejbir Singh Walia and pay Rs 10,000 as bribe” for his work.

After that, the complainant approached CBI sleuths and accordingly, a trap was laid and they were caught. 

During trial, the complainant “turned hostile” and died before recording his statement. However, all prosecution witnesses supported the prosecution theory. The CBI also submitted call recording of the complainant with the accused in the court as evidence.

The court held both guilty for offences punishable under Section 120-B of the IPC and Sections 7 and 13 (1)(d) read with Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.+

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