Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Two computers, used for electronic disbursal of bus tickets at the Alappuzha depot of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), were seized following revenue recovery orders from the District Sub-Court on Monday.

According to KSRTC officials, the computers were seized following cases filed by two persons in the Sub-Court and the Munsiff Court in connection with a loan taken from them by a person who earlier used to run the KSRTC canteen on a contract basis. The contractor, Shahul Hameed, allegedly borrowed Rs.80,000 from one P.C. Antony and Rs.40,000 from K.U. Ramanan, both of whom filed separate cases to regain the money after Hameed defaulted.

Though Hameed had stopped running the RTC canteen way back in 1996, his security deposit of Rs.52,353 was still with the Corporation. Following the complaint lodged by Mr. Ramanan, the Munsiff Court ordered the Corporation to submit Rs.40,000 with the court, which the Corporation did. However, the Sub-Court, acting on the complaint lodged by Mr. Antony, also ordered the KSRTC to submit Rs.80,000. Though the Corporation submitted the Rs.12,353 it had with it after submitting Rs.40,000 in the Munsiff Court, the Sub-Court ordered that the entire amount would have to paid.

Ticket disbursal

The Corporation failed to do so, and on Monday, the computers were seized. KSRTC officials said they were not given any notice on the recovery procedure, following which the electronic ticket disbursal system had to be stopped, which in turn caused delays in the entire system at the depot.