Govt employee awarded 7-yr jail term, Rs 5 lakh fine in bribery case
Kozhikode: In connection with a bribery case, former sub registrar of Chevayoor P K Beena hailing from Koyilandi was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,05,000. The verdict was pronounced by Kozhikode vigilance special court judge K V Jayakumar. This is the most severe punishment awarded to a government employee in a bribery case in the recent history. If the fine is not paid, the accused has to serve 7 more months in the prison.
The incident took place on February 22, 2014. Beena asked for Rs 5000 as bribe from Aadharam writer T Bhaskaran to complete registration. She also threatened him to cancel the title deed, if he did not give the amount and received half of the amount. Following this, he filed a complaint with the vigilance.
As directed by the vigilance, Bhaskaran reached Beena's office on February 22, 2014 with special currency notes. A team headed by vigilance DYSP Premadas arrested her while receiving the money. The remaining amount also was recovered from her office. After the trial proceedings, the verdict was pronounced on Friday.
Though Beena felt dizziness at the court and requested relaxation in the punishment, the magistrate made it clear that nothing can change the verdict. Beena will be taken to Kannur central prison after completing COVID quarantine.
Currently, Beena is working as chits officer in District Registrar Office. Another case is already charged against her for receiving bribe and acquiring illegal wealth. Public prosecutor O Sasi appeared for prosecution.