LUCKNOW: Special CBI judge Ajay Vikram Singh on Thursday sentenced an 82-year-old retired railway clerk to one-year imprisonment for taking a bribe of Rs 100 32 years ago. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the accused.
While the accused sought the award of lesser punishment on account of his old age and that he had already spent two days in jail, the court refused to show any leniency, observing that it would send out a wrong message in society.
The judge said that two days’ imprisonment was not adequate in this case and one-year imprisonment would serve the purpose of justice.
Retired loco driver of Northern Railway, Ram Kumar Tiwari, had lodged an FIR in the case with CBI in 1991.
Tiwari had alleged that for the purpose of computing his pension, his medical test was required. The accused, Ram Narayan Verma, demanded Rs 150 bribe for the purpose.
Later, he settled for Rs 100. The CBI arrested Verma red-handed and filed a chargesheet against Verma after completing the probe. The court framed charges against Verma on November 30, 2022.

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