Punjab police officer Paramdeep Singh Sandhu to be sentenced in graft case on Wednesday

Double death penalty for man for killing 10 persons including wife's kin
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Was earlier also involved in sex scandal, corruption and misuse of office

The Hush Post: Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Punjab Police Paramdeep Singh Sandhu was held guilty by a Punjab court in a bribe case on Tuesday. The quantum of the sentence will be announced on August 3.

Sandhu (54) was nabbed by CBI sleuths while taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 in July 2011 from one Nishant Sharma at a coffee shop in Sector 28. Sandhu had demanded the bribe for favouring Nishant in an inquiry pending against him. Sandhu had earlier allegedly demanded Rs 3 lakh and he had to pay Rs 1 lakh as an instalment. However, he had brought only Rs 50,000 that day.

The AIG had told the court that the complainant, Nishant Sharma, had come to pay an installment of a friendly loan of Rs 3 lakh that his mother had taken from him. Sharma was earlier the Shiv Sena youth wing president.

The chargesheet filed by the CBI in the present case said Sandhu was “habitual” of abusing his official position and taking illegal gratification from the public.

The AIG was earlier arrested in 2008 in connection with the infamous Moga sex scandal. He allegedly implicated innocent people and extorted money from them and threatened them with slapping sexual abuse charges against them. He then demanded huge amounts of money as bribe for clearing their names in the scandal.

In September 1993, when he was posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mansa, Sandhu was dismissed from service under Section 311 (2) (b) for collecting money dishonestly. He was reinstated in 1995 on the advice of the then Punjab Advocate General, ML Sareen.

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