Ex-railway employee sentenced to 4 years in jail by CBI court
A special CBI court on Saturday sentenced a retired railway employee to four years in jail for siphoning off money meant for the canteen of railway cooperative society in Haridwar.
The agency court also slapped a fine of Rs 16,000 on Ram Prakash Sharma, who was secretary at the Northern Railway Consumer Cooperative Society office at the time of irregularities.
The matter dates back to May 25, 1988 when a CBI team carried out a surprise check in the society office, located inside Haridwar Railway Station, after getting a tip-off. The team found that Sharma syphoned off money meant for society’s canteen. The CBI found 26 bills amounting to Rs 14,120 which were not entered in the cash books of the society and even daily sale proceeds were not deposited in the bank account of the society.
On June 3, 1988, CBI registered a case against Sharma and filed a charge sheet on August 11, 2004. After hearing the arguments put forward by CBI lawyer Satish Kumar, special judge Anuj Kumar Sangal, on Saturday, found the former railway staffer guilty and awarded the sentence.
The objective of the cooperative society was to purchase bulk food stuffs, clothes, groceries and other consumer goods for retail sale to its members, who can only be railway employees.