JAMMU, Oct 3: High Court today dismissed the petition filed by the then Assistant Director CAPD Tarseem Raj Padha challenging quashment of charges framed against him in the much publicized kerosene oil scam.
“An attitude to abuse the official position to extend favour in lieu of benefit is a crime against the collective and an abomination to the basic principle of democracy, for it erodes the faith of the people in the system”, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta observed.
“It creates an incurable concavity in the rule of law. The corruption laws have been made intended to eradicate corruption and provide deterrent punishment when criminal culpability is proven. Thus, the allegations leveled against the petitioner clearly come under the purview of offences mentioned under Sections 5(2) of the PC Act read with Sections 3/7/8 EC Act & 409, 406 and 120-B RPC”, High Court said, adding “it is not the case of petitioner that there is some inherent legal bar engrafted in criminal procedure or corruption laws in framing of charges by court below against the petitioner”.
With these observations, court dismissed the petition and directed trial court to expedite the trial.