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Two convicted on charges of cheating

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Apr 10 (UNI) A Special CBI court today sentenced two persons to three years rigorous imprisonment for cheating 20 job seekers as ''seamen'' in Shipping Corporation of India in a case registered in 1991.

CBI Judge M R Bhatkar held the duo guilty on charges of cheating, forgery and under the Prevention of Corrutpion Act.

The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 23,000 on accused Janardhana Kamble and Rs 13,000 on A G Gopalakrishnan Nair and, in default, to undergo further six months imprisonment.

However, the court acquitted third the accused--Chandraganthan Nair-- a headmaster of Government L P School in Trivandrum of all charges.

According to Public Prosecutor Prasad Rao, Kamble, a Deputy Manager with SCI, Mumbai, and Gopalakrishnan Nair, Chief cook in one of the vessels owned by SCI a and resident of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, alongwith Chandraganthan Nair, maternal uncle of the chief cook, also from Tiruvananthapuram, who claimed to be representing the SCI, had arranged 20 prosepective candidates from Kerala who were willing to pay the ''Caution Deposit'' for getting jobs during 1989.

They also collected different amounts, varying from Rs 40,000 to Rs 75,000 from each of the candidates on the pretext of securing them the job in the SCI.

The job seekers were called to Mumbai for medical check-up by Kamble, who then issued them letters on the SCI letter-head that they would be called for final interviews within a month.

Some of these letters were delivered by Gopalkrishnan Nair.

However, they had failed to provide jobs and did not return the money they collected from the candidates.

The CBI, on a complaint received from the job seekers in 1990, filed a charge sheet after through investigations.

During the trial, prosecution has examined 23 witnesses including the job seekers.


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