Guwahati, Oct. 31: The court of special judge, Assam, M. Mazed Ali, today sentenced Manoj Saikia, an internal auditor at the office of sub-divisional planning officer in Golaghat district, to rigorous imprisonment for three-and-a-half-years in a corruption case.
The court found Saikia guilty under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Saikia. He will have to undergo imprisonment for further six months in the event of failure to pay fine.
Saikia was allegedly caught by the project director of district rural development agency (DRDA), B.C. Phukan, while taking bribe from secretaries of five gaon panchayats under the Gomariguri development block in Golaghat district on August 25, 2008.
A case was registered against him at Merapani police station.
Saikia had allegedly taken Rs 2,000 each from the gaon panchayat secretaries.