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justiceA special anti-corruption court in Jammu & Kashmir on Friday convicted a government official for taking bribe and awarded him three years’ imprisonment.

The court of additional special judge anti-corruption J&K convicted the then ‘naazir’ (revenue official) in Handwara Tehsil office of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a spokesman of the state vigilance organisation (SVO) said.

Mohammad Abdullah Geelani, a resident Laribal Handwara, was sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of three years and was also slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for the offence, the spokesman said.

He said in default of payment of fine, the accused shall undergo further imprisonment of six months.

Geelani was arrested by SVO in June 2006 while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a person in lieu of changing the mutation of his ancestral land, the spokesman said.

(Source: PTI)

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