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Case registered for alleged criminal misconduct

CHENNAI: An Executive Engineer of the Chennai Port Trust (CPT) is in the CBI Anti-Corruption Branch net. A case has been booked against him and his father-in-law for alleged conspiracy and criminal misconduct causing undue loss of about Rs.33 lakhs to the CPT, sources in the CBI told The Hindu .

The case has been registered under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 13 (2) and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The official is alleged to have conspired with his father-in-law and others between 1998-2005 and abused his official position for personal gain.

The official is alleged to have processed tenders and awarded several contracts and orders to a benami firm floated in Chennai.

The cheques issued by the port in favour of the firm were deposited at a bank in Madurai district.

The amounts were later withdrawn for the official's personal use. Later, the firm shifted to another address in the city showing a person employed by the accused as its proprietor, according to tender documents.

The CBI said it received information that 45 cheques were credited into the bank account and withdrawn between March 1999 and June 2001.The engineer's father-in-law had issued two cheques for Rs.2.40 lakhs in the name of his daughter.