Two officials who worked in the Goods and Services Tax office in Pune in 2019 received a lenient sentence in a corruption case on 21 March due to the coronavirus outbreak, among other factors, said a special CBI court that convicted them. The two convicts were awarded 3 years’ imprisonment.While discussing the arguments by the defence and prosecution lawyers on the quantum of sentence, the court observed, “Learned advocate for one of the accused urged that the entire nation is facing the problem of COVID-19. He further submitted that even the government has taken a move to release undertrial prisoners and avoid crowds from prison. He requested to take a lenient view while awarding sentence… It appears from the record this is the first offence of accused persons. The family members of accused persons are dependent on them. Nowadays the entire nation is facing the problem of COVID-19. As the accused persons having small children and nobody is there to look after them, in my view, though offence is serious, it is desirable to take lenient view while awarding sentence.”