CBI court holds corrupt official's kin equally guilty

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Family members of a corrupt official are equally responsible if they share his income, ordered a CBI court in Jabalpur, while sentencing a Central government official along with his wife, son and daughter-in-law to five-year rigorous imprisonment. The accused, an accountant, was accused of misappropriation of funds of Rs 94 lakh. Justice Yogesh Chandra Gupta also slapped a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on each accused on Friday.

 

CBI special public prosecutor Pratish Jain told court that accused Surya Kant Gaur, 61, resident of Sukhsagar Valley, Gwarighat Road in Jabalpur was posted as deputy accountant in defence accounts department. During his tenure, Gaur transferred funds in bank accounts of his wife, Vinita Gaur, 55, son Shishir Gaur, 35, and daughter-in-law Sunita Gaur, 32, said the prosecutor.

 

CBI raided Gaur's premises on July 14, 2010, and found records of transactions of Rs 94 lakh, most of which were disproportionate to his income. Court sentenced the accused with imprisonment and fine after scanning evidence and the CBI charge-sheet, Jain told TOI.

 

Five-year-old son of Shishir Gaur was left alone after his grandparents and parents were sentenced, and court on family's request, the kid has also been shifted to jail, said prosecution. A senior government advocate, Satish Dinkar said, "There are certain provisions for punishment under Prevention of Corruption Act for such cases, if evidence of illegal transactions are proved. In all cases of disproportionate assets, kin can also be made accused."

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