Five former Railway officials sentenced to 2 year rigorous imprisonment

Two years Rigorous Imprisonment to the then Member Engineering of Railway Board and four other Senior Officials (including a General Manager) of Southern Railway for causing a loss of Rs.2.29 Crore to Railways

5-arrestChennai: The XIII additional special judge for CBI cases, Chennai, has sentenced five former top railway officials, including the then Member-Engineering, Railway Board and General Manager, to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years on a charge of violating tender rules and causing loss of Rs 2.29 crore to the national transporter.

Judge S.Jawahar also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on them.  According to CBI, the then Member-Engineering, Railway Board, V.K.Agnihotri, General Manager,  N.Kirthivasan, Chief Track Engineer, P.Rajamoni, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, R.S.Narayanan, Additional General Manager S.Sethuraman, Chief Signal & Telecommunication Engineer, S.Ramasubramanian and a Civil Engineering contractor S.Palani committed the irregularities in 1995.

The railway officials recommended and sanctioned machinery advance of Rs. 26.64 lakh to Palani, for supply of hand broken ballast, which was not required for railways, violating tender rules. They also recommended and sanctioned machinery advances of Rs.10.57 lakh, Rs.9.16 lakh and Rs.12.28 lakh for three other contracts to Palani. They placed orders for supply of ballast in 11 reaches requiring very huge quantities. All the contracts were terminated and subsequently fresh contracts were awarded to various other contractors. As a result, the railways incurred a loss of Rs 2.29 crore, being additional expenditure incurred towards execution of terminated contracts, apart from advances given to Palani.

During trial, Narayanan and Palani died and charges against them were abated.  The judge sentenced Agnihotri, Kirthivasan, Rajamoni, Sethuraman and Rama Subramanian to undergo RI for two years.

CBI arrests Senior Section Engineer of Chandigarh on graft charges

In an another instance, CBI today arrested a Senior Section Engineer of Northern Railway from Chandigarh station for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 for clearing bills.

A Railway Contractor (Private Person) has alleged that he got a contract for transportation of P.Way Material with Railway Department since 2013 and final bill of the said contract was yet to be prepared in respect of the work done, CBI spokesperson said here.

Based on his complaint CBI has registered a case under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

“The security money, PG and Earnest Money was also pending with the Senior Section Engineer(SSE), Track Depot, Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt. He (contractor) visited the office of SSE and requested him for preparation of final bill and also to release security money,” the spokesperson said.

She said it was alleged that the SSE demanded a bribe of Rs 70,000 from the contractor for settling his dues.

“On the request of the complainant, the bribe amount was reduced to Rs 60,000 and the accused agreed to accept Rs 25,000 as first installment of bribe. CBI laid a trap at the premises of Railway Station, Chandigarh and caught the Senior Section Engineer red handed,” she said.

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