Punjab law officer nabbed by vigilance for bribery
Chandigarh, Sep 5 (IANS) The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Vigilance Bureau (VB) Ludhiana on Wednesday arrested an Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a Ludhiana city resident.
The arrested law officer, Jatinder Singh Chahal, demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 from one Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, in lieu of not pressing with arguments over a plea in the court, said VB senior superintendent of police Jaswinder Singh.
"The Additional Public Prosecutor was demanding this money in lieu of not pressing with arguments over a plea which had been filed by Gurpreet Singh to discharge him from a case which was registered by the police and is being tried in the local court. The case was due for hearing on September 7," the SSP said.
The deal was settled at Rs 10,000 and this amount was to be paid to Chahal on Wednesday.
"Gurpreet brought this matter to the notice of Economic Offences Wing of VB, after which a trap was laid and Chahal was caught red-handed outside the District Courts Complex here," he said.
Chahal has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.