Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)
Mangaluru, July 9: Dr Anita Ravishankar, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mangaluru, Konaje, was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving bribes.
On December 4, 2012, Dr Anitha Ravishankar demanded 16,800 rupees as a bribe to approve a doctoral thesis from doctoral student Prema D’Souza, calling it an expense by an inspector of a antenna which was to arrive from Mysuru. Mangaluru’s Lokayukta Inspector Umesh G Shet and staff raided and arrested Dr Anita Ravishankar as she received an advance of 5,000 rupees. It was alleged that Dr Anitha initially requested Rs 10,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 16,800 thereafter.
The court had interviewed nine witnesses on behalf of the Lokayukta, and the city’s Lokayukta Special Court accepted the arguments of special government prosecutor KSN Rajesh. The court concluded that the allegations were true and delivered the verdict. Judge BB Jakathi of the Third District and Sessions Court and Special Court in Lokayukta announced the quantum sentence on July 9.
The accused will face two years imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 15,000 under section 7 of the anti-corruption law, and three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 15,000 under section 13 (1) (D). She will spend an additional month each in the event of non-payment of fines. The court ordered the accused to endure both imprisonments simultaneously. The Lokayukta inspector at the time, Umesh G Shet, had investigated and submitted the indictment.
Special government prosecutor KSN Rajesh had argued in favor of Mangaluru Lokayukta.