Bank official sentenced

NEW DELHI OCT. 10. A CBI court has sentenced a senior manager of the Sadar Bazar branch of UCO Bank here to a one-year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1000 in a forgery case.

Pronouncing the sentence, the Special Judge for CBI cases, M.L. Sahni, said: "The prosecution has been able to prove the charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery beyond all reasonable doubts against the accused, V.K. Chaudhury."

The charges against the bank officer was that he had, in conspiracy with the owner of a private company, issued two demand drafts of Rs. 6 lakhs each to the proprietor of the company despite the fact that the latter did not have sufficient balance in his accounts in the bank.

The investigating agency had alleged that the proprietor of Messrs Jaypee Sales had been issued bank drafts of Rs. 6 lakhs on 22.12.89 and of Rs. 6 lakhs on 5.5.90 by the bank manager.

The CBI had chargesheeted the accused under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 31 and 32 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.