Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Man, are they strict

As the saying goes, if you do the crime, you've got to do the time, but this is pretty damn ridiculous:
An Indian court sentenced a 75-year-old doctor to jail for accepting half a dollar as a bribe nearly a quarter of a century ago, officials said Wednesday.

India's federal police caught Balgovind Prasad accepting 25 rupees (51 cents) from a sweeper in 1985 for issuing a fake medical certificate, police said.

The case dragged on for years and Prasad was convicted in 1992 and given a one-year jail term. He was freed as he appealed the sentence.

Tuesday, a higher court in India's eastern state of Bihar state reduced the one-year term to three months, saying the bribe amount was too small, but directed the police to take Prasad into custody as he was guilty of the crime.
I wonder, with all the time and lawyers and judges involved in this case since 1985, how many thousands of dollars has this cost?

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