Jail for three Super Bazar officials


A court here has sentenced three officials of Super Bazar to five years rigorous imprisonment in a 14-year-old case after convicting them under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for misappropriation and embezzling of money from the sales proceeds of the supermarket chain.

Delivering his judgment Special Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma said: “Corruption in a civil society is a serious disease, which is leading this country towards disastrous consequences. The time has come when if harsh steps are not taken, this country may crumble under the weight of corruption. Corruption is not only anti-people, but has the potential to destroy the democracy and polity of the country. The offence proved against the convicts is very serious in nature. They misappropriated the goods and the cash entrusted to them. I consider that the offence proved against the convicts is such that they deserve to be treated harshly as any leniency shown to them will send a wrong signal to potential offenders.”

R. C. Kala, Vijay Sharma and B. S. Negi, were working in the New Friends Colony branch of Super Bazar. They were charged with failing to deposit the sale proceeds in the bank or to the Regional Distribution Centre in violation of the rules. The prosecution also accused them of forging certain documents so as to cover up their offences. Though not “broadly” disputing the non-deposit of cash or shortage of stock, however, the convicts tried to shift the onus of the crime upon one another during the trial.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, alleged that the accused persons in their conspiracy with each other caused total loss of over Rs.6 lakh.

The judge also indicted senior Bazar officers for their “careless and negligent” approach once the crime was detected. “On October 25, 1996, they [the senior officials] had come to know about the serious fraud having been committed, but it took them around three weeks even to change the staff and a good seven months to eight months for them to lodge a case with the CBI. This shows the casual approach even of senior officers of such a big enterprise. The public money has been dealt with in a callous manner. Subordinate officials were given immunity to play with public funds to the detriment of the common man of this country. It is beyond understanding why immediate action was not taken against the erring officials. I have gone through the record. Even some of the notings suggest the accused persons tried to influence the senior officers. Why [has] such an opportunity has been afforded to them?”

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