Two Tangedco (formerly TNEB) officials (now retired) attached to the Salem Division were convicted by a local court here to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment for approving sub-standard work and malpractices during their tenure in 1993. They should pay a fine of Rs. 6,000 too. The prosecution case is that Tangedco undertook construction of houses in Attur in 1997. Works related to the construction of culverts and drainage in the housing board was allotted to a contractor in Dadagapatti. In 1993, it was found that the contractor used sub-standard materials and unfinished work was shown as complete that were approved by S. Jayaram (77), Assistant Executive Engineer, and C. Ambigavathi (60), Assistant Engineer. Payments were made to the contractor and causing loss to the government. The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) registered a case under Sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 167 (public servant framing an incorrect document), 477A (falsification of accounts), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (c) and (d) of The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Senthil Kumaresan pronounced both as guilty. K.R. Nagarajan appeared on behalf of DVAC.

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