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Five men sent to jail for 10 years in graft case

Five men sent to jail for 10 years in graft case

KARACHI: An anti-corruption court handed down on Wednesday a collective sentence of 10 years each in a graft case to five men, including three revenue department officials.

The court found the mukhtiarkar Manzoor Durst, assistant mukhtiarkar Abdul Sattar and tapedar Ghulam Sarwar Kaladi guilty of illegally showing private accused Dad Mohammad Jokhio and his son Panah Jokhio as owners of a 16 acre agricultural land in Gadap Town by preparing forged documents after taking bribes from them in 2004.

The judge of the special provincial anti-corruption court Gulshan Ara Chandio pronounced the verdict after recording evidence and hearing concluding arguments from both sides.

The court sentenced all the accused to seven years imprisonment in Sections 167 (public servant framing an incorrect documents with intent to cause injury) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and imposed a fine of Rs500,000 each and in case of non-payment the convicts would have to undergo an additional one year in prison.

Furthermore, the court also handed down another three years term in Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of PPC and directed the convicts to pay a fine of Rs300,000 each which if they defaulted, they would have to suffer another year in captivity. However, both the sentences would run concurrently.

A case was lodged against the accused in 2008 under Sections 166, 167, 217, 218, 420, 468 and 34 of PPC read with Section 5(2) the Prevention of Corruption Act on the complaint of the land’s real owner Shan Abdullah at Anti-Corruption Establishment police station.

The accused persons were on bail and following the pronouncement of the verdict, were taken in to custody and the court remanded them to prison along with conviction warrants to serve out their respective sentence.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2015

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