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India high on corrupt nations list: Court

India ranks prominently high in the list of countries plagued by corruption, a Delhi court has said while handing down one-year imprisonment to two convicts in a 24-year-old graft and forgery case.

Observing that the anti-corruption measures in India were perceived by people to be ineffective, Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge VK Maheshwari said that corruption was a scourge that not only affected progress and development in society but also posed a grave challenge to governance.

"Unfortunately, India ranks prominently high in the list of countries plagued by corruption. Anti-Corruption measures in India are perceived by the people to be weak and ineffective," the court said.

"The United Nations Global Report on Crime and Justice quotes public opinion surveys in a number of countries, to point out that citizenry in those countries ranks corruption as one among the five most important problems facing their society," the court said  in a verdict.

The judge said people's doubts over the ability of the criminal justice administration to deal with the corrupt led to public cynicism and distrust in almost all government institutions.

The court awarded one year rigorous imprisonment to OP Dabas and AK Puri for helping a Tihar jail inmate get shifted to a state-owned hospital in 1988.

Dabas and Puri helped Gurbux Biryani, arrested in a drugs case, to shift from jail to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and then to the adjoining GB Pant Hospital and avail nursing home facilities on two occasions.

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