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Graft accused turns 100 awaiting justice as unending trial lingers on…

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PATNA: A man has turned 100 awaiting justice as the trial in the case has been continuing for the past 40 years.

The man was accused of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income while he was serving as an engineer in the public works department in the 1970s but the case is yet to reach its conclusion although the man has now stopped even appearing in the court citing his old age.

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Haridwar Pandey who retired as Executive Engineer from the department concerned had been charged with earning huge wealth while in office.

Subsequently, the vigilance department sleuths registered a disproportionate assets (DA) case against the official in the early 70s but the judgement is still to be delivered in the case although the accused is counting his last days.

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Reports said initially the case remained pending in the court of chief judicial magistrate from 1978 to 1983. The trial in the case finally began in a special vigilance court, Patna in October 1983, but the investigating police failed to gather proof against him.

Subsequently, the court pulled up the vigilance department and directed for fresh investigation but since then the trial in the case remained unending, leaving the accused shocked and shattered.

Such is his physical condition that the man has now stopped attending court on the date of appearance. The next hearing is scheduled for later this month.

“He is very much worried and wants the court to deliver judgement before he leaves for final journey. The taint of corruption charges has kept him restless,” a family member of Pandey said.

Courtesy: Gulf News

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