Visakhapatnam: A CBI court has sentenced a former commissioner of Central Excise to two years' rigorous imprisonment for accepting a bribe of Rs 15 lakh when he was posted in Visakhapatnam in 2005.

The first Additional Special Judge N Ramesh Babu held guilty Surender Pal Singh, a 1973-batch IRS officer, under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on Singh, who retired a few years ago.

As per the CBI, Singh had demanded a bribe from the managing director of SML Dyetex and Industries Limited and the chairman of Vasavi Group of Industries. He took Rs 15 lakh through middlemen from Kamaraju, the then vice-president (finance) of SML Dyetex, to help the two companies evade excise duty.

Later, the bribe giver turned approver, while the middlemen were acquitted.

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