K.T.Sangameswaran

He awarded contracts dishonestly, causing wrongful loss

CHENNAI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against a Deputy Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer, Telecom work, Southern Railway, for allegedly abusing his position and awarding contracts dishonestly, causing a wrongful loss to the railways.

Besides M. Muthukaruppan, T.Thirumurugan of Tirumangalam taluk in Madurai district and C.V. Manivanna Madhavan of Kodambakkam have been cited as accused in the charge sheet, filed for offences under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), IPC, and under Sections 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The prosecution case is that during 2003 as the Deputy Chief Networking Manager, Freight Operating Information System (FOIS), Southern Railway, Chennai, Mr. Muthukaruppan entered into a conspiracy with the other two accused to cheat the railways. He fraudulently awarded contracts to two firms, for one work at the S and T training centre, Podanur, and for another work in Chennai, Tiruchi, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and Mysore. The official, it is alleged, overruled the recommendations of the tender committee.

The two supplied material at inflated rates. The official certified the rates as reasonable.

The wrongful loss to the railways and gain to the accused was Rs.5.10 lakh.

The case has been taken on file by a special court in Chennai, a CBI official told The Hindu .

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