Former FCI official sent to jail for offering bribe

New Delhi, July 19: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Friday sent a former assistant manager of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to two years jail for offering a bribe to a probe agency official 12 years ago.

The special CBI judge at Tis Hazari Court convicted K. K. Verma, the assistant manager (vigilance) of FCI in 2001, and sentenced him to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment. He also slapped a fine of Rs.50,000 in the official.

Based on a complaint of the CBI official concerned, a case in the incident was registered Sep 13, 2001.

“It was alleged that Verma was offering Rs.1 lakh as bribe to the CBI official to prepare the report in a complaint against him in such a manner so that the matter gets referred to FCI. He was offering to pay Rs.50,000 as advance and the balance when the matter was referred to FCI,” said a CBI official.

The agency laid a trap and Verma was caught red handed while offering the bribe amount of Rs.50,000.

“After conducting investigation, a charge sheet was filed on Oct 7, 2002 against Verma,” said the official.

The court also lauded the role of the CBI official, now posted as inspector in CBI here, observing that instead of yielding to temptation, he lodged a complaint and stood firm during his testimony in the court resulting in conviction of the accused.

It has recommended suitable reward for the CBI inspector.

IANS