A special court in Mandla sentenced Indian Administrative Service officer Shashi Karnawat to five years of imprisonment and fine of 50 lakhs for corruption and criminal conspiracy.
Three others were also sentenced for five years and fined for Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Ms. Karnawat told reporters, before she went behind bars, that she was being framed as part of a conspiracy.
“Senior IAS officers have framed me. They are shielding the corrupt. I will fight for justice till my death. The BJP will pay for its sins and will not return for a third time.”
Ms. Karnawat is a Dalit officer, she was promoted to IAS from State Civil Service. In 2012 she had contacted Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan alleging discrimination on the basis of her caste and gender.
Judge Rajeev Karmahe sent Ms. Karnawat to jail as the EOW report said there was no doubt in the crimes done by her and the charges were serious. The judge said that the officer had purchased stationary without inviting tenders.
The Dalit officer says that BJP had conspired to jail her but the reasons why she said that are unknown.