Engineer Slapped With Rs 85 Lakh Fine & 10-Year Jail For Taking Rs 1.5 Lakh Bribe

Setting a strict precedent, a sessions court has imposed a steep fine of Rs 85 lakh and a jail term of 10 years on a public works department (PWD) section engineer caught taking a bribe. If he cannot pay the fine, he has to serve for another four years.

It is the highest fine imposed by a special court under the Prevention of Corruption Act, said a senior IPS officer. “Under PCA, the maximum and minimum imprisonment have been prescribed, but there is no ceiling on fine; it is left to the judge’s discretion,” he said.

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