State drug controller convicted in graft case



Shimla: Drug controller of Himachal Pradesh was convicted by a court and was also awarded imprisonment for three years on Tuesday for bribery, a police official said here. He was arrested by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in 2008.

Inspector General of Police Anurag Garg said that Special Judge of Solan S. Chandel convicted drug controller Sher Singh Thakur under Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988.  Sher Singh Thakur, the then state drug licensing authority was caught red-handed in  Feb 22, 2008, while he was collecting money from pharmaceutical companies in the Baddi-Nalagarh industrial area in Solan district.

An amount of Rs 472, 500 was recovered from his possession. Anurag Garg said that the police recovered cash worth Rs 147, 0000, valuable articles and goods during the search of his house. The police also seized registries of several land deals made by Sher Singh Thakur in Una, Shimla, Solan, Chandigarh and Mohali towns. The state government subsequently placed him under suspension, but was later reinstated.

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