A post office employee has been convicted by a Delhi court for taking bribe from a woman saving scheme agent, mandated to encourage people to open account with the post office and receive commission for each deposit, to allow her work smoothly.
Special CBI Judge Rajiv Mehra convicted Sub-Post Master Hira Lal Dua of Shastri Nagar Post Office under the Prevention of Corruption Act for abusing his official position and taking pecuniary advantage through corrupt and illegal means.
“There remains no shadow of doubt that accused made a demand of the bribe and accepted the same to allow the complainant to work smoothly and peacefully,” the court said.
The order on convict’s sentence would be pronounced next week. The case was registered by the CBI on June 14, 2007 on the complaint of post office agent Krishna Goel, who had managed to open 600 saving bank account with the post office on behalf of her clients. In her complaint, she had alleged that Geeta Colony resident Dua used to demand money from her whenever she went there to deposit her clients’ money.
The CBI told the court that Goel worked as an agent and used to get commission from the government for collecting and depositing money from her clients in the post office. It said whenever she approached post office to deposit her clients’ money, Dua would demand a bribe of Rs 3000 per month to let her function smoothly.
On June 13, 2007 when she again visited the post office, Dua demanded Rs 6000 for the months of May and June and also threatened her that her work would not be done if she does not fulfill his demand. She approached the CBI which laid a trap and caught Dua red-handed accepting Rs 4000 from her as bribe in his office on June 14, 2007. Dua, in his defence, said he was falsely implicated in the case and the money recovered from him was given by the complaint to her for depositing in her two accounts.