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Kolkata: A court in Kolkata has sentenced East Bengal Football Club’s technical director and former footballer Subhash Bhowmick (71) to three years in jail for a crime committed 13 years ago.

The matter dates back to 2005 when Bhowmick was a superintendent in the Central customs and excise department. Misusing his position, Bhowmick had allegedly demanded Rs 4-lakh from a businessman in the city. After bargaining, the deal was settled at Rs 1.5-lakh.

The businessman, on the other hand, informed CBI’s anti-corruption branch about this. Accordingly, a CBI team waited near the Kolkata South Club at Bhowanipore where the bribe money was to be given.

As soon as Bhowmick and the businessman reached the designated spot, the CBI officers netted the former footballer. After preliminary questioning, he was arrested. CBI also conducted raids at his residences in Kolkata, Belur, and Santiniketan.

Bhowmick was subsequently released on bail but the case continued. A special CBI court in Kolkata today convicted him for coercion and demanding bribe and sentenced him to three years in jail. Soon after the sentencing, the judge, however, granted him an interim bail.

Sources close to Bhowmick said that he plans to challenge the conviction in the Calcutta High Court.