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Top FCI officials suspended

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CHENNAI: The Food Corporation of India on Thursday placed under suspension eight officials, including the General Manager (Tamil Nadu Region) T. Jayakumar and Deputy General Manager R. Durairaj, against whom the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case on charges of corruption recently.

The CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch raided the venue of a review meeting here on September 18 following a tip-off that Area Managers who came from different parts of the State had brought money to be given as bribe to the GM and DGM.

After seizing the alleged bribe money of about Rs. 1.5 lakh and recording statements from the accused/witnesses, the agency registered cases against the GM, DGM and the six Area Managers Vellimalayan (Coimbatore), Jagannathan (Tuticorin), Soundiram (Vellore), Panneerselvam (Thanjavur), Chandra Mohan Das (Cuddalore) and Kumar (Chennai) under various provisions of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Confirming the suspension of the officials, FCI’s Executive Director (South) S.S. Bhatoa said a departmental enquiry against them would also follow. CBI investigators said searches were conducted at the residential premises of the GM and DGM in Chennai and Bangalore.

“The scope of investigation would cover irregularities, if any, at the regional and depot level. Stock particulars at depots, inspection details and contract works will be scrutinised,” a CBI official said.

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