Ex-revenue official jailed for 6 years in graft case
KARACHI: An anti-corruption court on Saturday sentenced a former employee of the revenue department to a total of six years in prison in a graft case.
The court found Ghulam Hussain Kalwar, a tapedar of the revenue department, guilty of taking bribes from a man in 2004 for the allotment of government land.
Judge Rashida Asad of the special provincial anti-corruption court, Karachi, pronounced her verdict after recording evidence and hearing arguments from both sides.
The court handed down three-year imprisonment each to the convict under relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.
The judge also imposed a fine of Rs100,000 in each section and in case of default, the convict would have to undergo an additional six-month imprisonment. However, the court ruled that both the sentences would run concurrently.
The verdict said that in the light of evidence available on record, the prosecution had been able to prove the charge against the accused beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The record showed that a cheque for Rs1 million was deposited in the account of the accused who also failed to justify the transactions of millions of rupees in his account, which was disproportionate to his known source of income, it added.
A case (FIR 61/2006) was registered against the accused under Section 161 (public servant taking gratification other then legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 5(2) the Prevention of Corruption Act at the anti-Corruption Establishment Police Station.