Four Southern Rly officials convicted for cheating

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New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) A special CBI court today convicted four officials of the Southern Railways for entering into a criminal conspiracy to cheat the department in payment of road tax and maintenance of vehicles.

Additional City Civil and Sessions (Special) CBI Judge Sudhakar Pandit handed down three years' rigorous imprisonment to former senior clerk M K Nagendra Kumar while Assistant Engineer Anantharamu, Executive Engineer G N Rao and Assistant Bridge Engineer S Ramanujan were awarded one year rigorous imprisonment.

A fine of Rs 1.85 lakh was also imposed on each on them, a CBI statement said.

Another accused in the case K S Narayanamurthy died during the probe.

During investigation, CBI found that the officials had obtained quotations from various firms and service providers for maintenace of vehicles puportedly held in name of Chief Engineer (constructions), which never existed, thereby causing a total loss of nearly Rs 17.71 lakh to the Southern Railways.

UNI MMG MIR HT1915

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