New Delhi: A 1991 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has been sentenced to four years in jail for possessing assets of over Rs 3.18 crore which were disproportionate to his known income by a Delhi court which observed that corruption is a deep- rooted problem and a major hindrance in nation's development.
Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Bhupesh Kumar observed, "Now-a-days corruption is a deep-rooted problem of the society which is one of the major hindrance in the development of the nation.
It is anti-poor, anti-economic development and anti-nation."
"Due to the act of certain public servants, the society as a whole suffers because general public has started taking corruption as a fact and way of life. Hence, no undue leniency should be given to corrupt public servants and they should be awarded the punishment to have deterrent effect on the other like public servants," the judge said.
CBI had registered a case in 2004, alleging that Sandeep Garg, who was then posted as a Regional Director (North) Anti Adulteration Cell, was habitual of taking illegal gratification and had amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income in the form of movable and immovable properties in his name and in the names of his family members.
Mr Garg was also fined Rs 25 lakh under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Four others including his father and brother, were also fined varying amounts for abetting the offences.