A Delhi court on Friday sentenced R.K. Srivastava, then Registrar of Co-operative Societies, and Padam Dutt Sharma, then Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies, to two years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Rs 35,000 each in a cheating case.

Besides the two former officials, the court also sentenced Subhash Chander and Mayank Goswami to four years’ RI with a fine of Rs 25,000 each, and Ashwani Sharma to four years’ RI with a fine of Rs 30,000.

The CBI had registered a case on the orders of the Delhi High Court in October 2006 against Chander and others on the allegation that he entered into criminal conspiracy with officials of the Co-operative Societies in New Delhi in the matter of revival of Shree Radhakrishna Co-op Group Housing Society Limited on the basis of false/forged/bogus documents.

During investigation it was revealed that Srivastava, a 1984 batch IAS officer, then posted as Registrar, RCS, in New Delhi, in connivance with Sharma and the other accused persons, including Chander, Goswami and Ashwani Sharma, had fraudulently revived the defunct Shree Radhakrishna Co-operative Group Housing Society Limited on the basis of false and fabricated documents.

The CBI filed a chargesheet against 12 accused in the court of the special judge for CBI cases.