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Doctor gets jail term in graft case

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Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Vigilance Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge on Wednesday sentenced a former medical officer of the Government Women and Child Hospital here to two years rigorous imprisonment and awarded a fine of Rs.10,000 for taking bribe for conducting a medical termination of pregnancy nine years ago.

Writing the judgement, Special Judge M.K. Kuttikrishnan found the accused P.K. Narayanikutty, 60, of north Beypore guilty under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) and Section 13 (1) d (criminal misconduct by a public servant – by obtaining any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. She was awarded two years imprisonment in the two sections of the Act. The punishment will run concurrently. If the accused failed to remit the penalty she would have to undergo an additional one year in prison.

Dr. Narayanikutty demanded a bribe of Rs.500 from K.T. Veeraj for conducting an MTP on his wife, Smitha, in August 1999. Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) Deputy Superintendent of Police N. Chandran arrested her based on a complaint.

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