Staff Reporter

Construction of road in Kasaragod

Three persons get two years’ RI, fined Rs.2,000

Eight persons

had been

charge-sheeted

Kozhikode: The Kozhikode Vigilance Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge on Friday convicted five persons, including a former grama panchayat secretary, for fudging figures to the tune of over Rs.1.12 lakh in connection with the construction of a road at Narankulam Vadekevalappu Harijan Colony at Cheruvattur grama panchayat, Kasaragod district, during 1995-1996.

Vigilance Judge M.K. Kuttikrishnan found Govindan Nambiar, the former panchayat secretary (accused no. 1); K. Raghavan, the former ward member (accused no. 4) and K.V. Vidyadharan, former grama panchayat overseer (accused no. 7) guilty under Section 13 (1) C (criminal conduct by a public servant if the person dishonestly or fraudulently misappropriates or otherwise converts for his own use any property entrusted to him under his capacity as public servant) and Section 13 (1) d (criminal misconduct by a public servant by obtaining any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. They were also found guilty under Section 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

All of the three were sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs.2,000 each. If the convicts failed to pay the penalty they would have to undergo six more months in prison.

The court also found N. Dhandapani Poduval, the former assistant engineer, Public Works Department (accused no. 5) and K.V. Raghavan, contractor (accused no. 8), who supplied the materials for the road construction, guilty under Section 120 (B) of the IPC. Both of them were awarded six months imprisonment.

According to the prosecution, the road construction work had been directly executed by the grama panchayat. The accused had entered into a conspiracy and falsified documents to illustrate that construction materials worth Rs.1,12,086 had been used for the construction activity.

The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau had charge-sheeted eight persons in the case. The second accused Achuthan Nambiar, who succeeded Govindan Nambiar as grama panchayat secretary, was acquitted during the conduct of the trial. Third accused A. Mammotty, grama panchayat president, and sixth accused K. Kunhambu, the former executive engineer, died during the process of the trial.

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