The court also imposed a fine of Rs 35,000 on the convict holding him guilty of the offences under sections 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) and 13 (1) (d) (abusing position as public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

“The prosecution has successfully able to prove the demand, acceptance and recovery of bribe money from the possession of the accused. Thus, having established the obtainment of Rs 3000, presumption under section 20 of the PC Act is drawn, that amount was received as reward or as a motive for doing the official work i.e. clearing of LTC bills,” it said.

According to the prosecution, Goswami had in August 2012 demanded and accepted bribe from complainant Gyan Singh, a travel agent, for clearance of LTC advance forms of the teachers of his school.

Feeling aggrieved by the demand, Singh had filed a written complaint to Anti Corruption Branch of the Delhi Police which conducted a raid on Goswami. He was arrested by the police for the offences under PC Act.

Seeking a stringent punishment for Goswami, the public prosecutor had said he was involved in corruption activity and abused his position.

However, Goswami had sought leniency from the court, contending that he was suffering from ailments and had no source of income after his termination of his employment from the school.

The court refused to take a lenient view but granted him bail till May 1 on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 while giving him time for filing appeal against the judgement.

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