Special Correspondent

MADURAI: A Sub-Inspector attached to the Indira Gandhi International Airport police station, New Delhi, was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for two years by a special court here on Wednesday.

A. Mandeep Singh was caught red-handed by sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation when he took a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from a travel agent here in connection with a fake visa case during 2005.

According to the prosecution, M. Manthakaruppan, of Melur, was arrested by the Delhi police at the IGI Airport for possessing a fake Malaysian visa on February 19, 2005. Mandeep Singh, who was entrusted with the case, recorded a false statement from the accused that travel agent K. Manoharan, of Melur, had arranged for the fake visa.

Accompanied by constable Sibin T. Mathai and the accused, Mandeep Singh went to Melur to interrogate Manoharan. He demanded Rs. 2 lakh in bribe to clear his name. The bargain settled at Rs. 50,000. Manoharan alerted the Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI, which laid a trap. On February 25, Mandeep Singh was caught while accepting Rs. 50,000 from Manoharan in a lodge opposite the railway station.

During the investigation, it came to light that Manoharan had arranged visa for Manthakaruppan’s trip to Doha and Qatar and had nothing to do with the fake Malaysian visa. The SI and the constable were accused of abusing their position for pecuniary benefits.