Reduced Sentence for Senior Citizen in Corruption Case

In a recent judgment, the court upheld the conviction of the accused in a corruption case but reduced the sentence considering the appellant’s age and circumstances. The legal analysis focused on the appellant being a senior citizen, aged about 70 years, and having already served a significant portion of the original two-year sentence. This case sheds light on the court’s approach to balancing justice and compassion in sentencing individuals convicted of white-collar crimes.


  • The appellant, original accused, is aggrieved by the judgment and order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court
  • The High Court dismissed the appeal filed by the appellant and confirmed the conviction and sentence pronounced by the Special Judge-cum-Chief Judicial Magistrate
  • The appellant was convicted under Sections 7, 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • The Special Judge sentenced the accused to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years and imposed a fine of Rs.5,000/-
  • The Court confirmed the conviction of the appellant – original accused.
  • The present appeal is now limited to consideration of the quantum of sentence.

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  • The appellant is a senior citizen aged about 69/70 years.
  • The appellant has already undergone approximately one year and one month of rigorous imprisonment.
  • The appellant has been dismissed from service due to being convicted for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
  • The respondent-State has opposed the prayer to reduce the sentence imposed on the appellant.
  • The appellant was convicted for offenses under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
  • The respondent-State argued against showing leniency towards the accused due to the nature of the offenses.
  • The appellant has already undergone approximately one year and one month of the two-year sentence.
  • Considering the appellant’s age of 70 years, being a senior citizen, and his dismissal from service, the sentence is being reduced to one year and one month rigorous imprisonment.

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  • Judgment and order of conviction confirmed by the High Court is upheld.
  • Order of fine remains unchanged.
  • The appeal is partly allowed.
  • Appellant to be released after serving one year and one-month rigorous imprisonment, unless needed in another case.
  • Sentence reduced from two years to one year and one-month rigorous imprisonment.

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Case Number: Crl.A. No.-000039-000039 / 2021

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