Ballari tahsildar asking for a bribe caught on video.

A Tehsildar from Ballari district was caught asking for a bribe in a video. The accused is identified as Vijaykumar of Hoovinahadagali and was seen asking for a bribe openly from lorry owners involved in sand transportation. Vijaykumar wanted either 50% share per a load of sand or weekly payments. It is known that a second division clerk Ranganath took Rs 20,000 in bribe for the release of seized sand trucks.

Under Section 171B, if any public official accepts either for himself or for any other person any gratification as a reward for showing undue favour to any person commits the offence of bribery and will be liable for imprisonment.

Whoever commits the offence of bribery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both: Provided that bribery by treating shall be punished with fine only.

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