Former manager had misappropriated funds

The Kozhikode Vigilance Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge has sentenced a former manager of a Maveli store to two years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.1,10,000 on the charge of misappropriation of funds during his tenure between 2000 and 2001.

V. Jayaram, Special Judge, found K. Ibrahim, 48, of Villiappilly, Vadakara, guilty under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. He was awarded 10 years imprisonment for various offences. The imprisonment term will run concurrently. The accused will have to undergo additional one year rigorous imprisonment if he failed to pay the fine.

A department-level inquiry had detected that Ibrahim had misappropriated Rs.73,239.80 from the Maveli store at Kayakkodi in the district. The amount included Rs.54,539.30 earmarked for bank payment in the stock register.

The case was handed over the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Charges

The accused was charged and found guilty under Sections 13(1)C [Criminal misconduct by a public servant- dishonestly or fraudulently misappropriates or otherwise converts for his own use any property entrusted to him or under his control as a public servant or allows any other person so to do], 13(1) D [Criminal misconduct by a public servant - by corrupt or illegal means, obtains for himself or for any other person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage] and 13(2) [Any public servant who commits criminal misconduct shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than one year but which may extend to seven] of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He was also found guilty under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 477 (fraudulent cancellation, destruction, etc., of will, authority to adopt, or valuable security).

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