Bhubaneswar, Nov 29: A former paramedical worker, Dhananjaya Panigrahi, was sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment by a special Vigilance court in Sundargarh on Wednesday, in connection with a bribery case.
The Special Judge, Vigilance, Sundargarh, delivered the verdict, finding Panigrahi guilty of soliciting and accepting a bribe from a complainant for the issuance of birth certificates for his sons, as per an official release.
The court imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on Panigrahi and stated that in the event of defaulting on the fine payment, he would be subjected to an additional one-month rigorous imprisonment. This penalty was levied under sections 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
Additionally, Panigrahi received a one-year rigorous imprisonment term and a Rs 1,000 fine, with a provision for an extra one-month imprisonment in case of default in payment. This sentence was pronounced under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The court specified that both sentences would run concurrently.