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Two ex-engineers, contractor, AEE convicted for graft

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HYDERABAD: The Principal Special Judge for SPE and ACB Cases, Hyderabad, has convicted and sentenced K. Jagan Mohan, former Assistant Engineer, and K. Govind Rao, former Deputy Executive Engineer (Irrigation and CAD), Khammam district, to one year rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs. 500 each.

In default, they are to suffer two months simple imprisonment for offences under Sections 13(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and under Sections 420, 477, 34 and 511of IPC. All the sentences are to run concurrently, a press release issued by the ACB said on Monday.

He also convicted and sentenced Joga Ramulu, president, Narayanapuram Tribal Labour Cooperative Society, who, as contractor, was involved in committing irregularities along with the engineers, to one year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.500. In default, he would undergo two months simple imprisonment for the offence under Section 420 of IPC. The ACB had registered a case against the engineers and others for falsification of records, misconduct and irregularities in the execution of repairs of Yerra Cheruvu in Latchgudem village, Yellandu mandal, worth Rs.7 lakh. Huge amounts were paid to the contractor though the work was not done as per specifications.

The judge convicted and sentenced B. Mallaiah, Assistant Executive Engineer, Asifabad Mandal Parishad, Adilabad district, and sentenced him to six months rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs.1,000 and in case of default to suffer a month's simple imprisonment for offence under Section 7 of the Act. He also convicted/sentenced Mallaiah to one year rigorous imprisonment and fined 1,000 and in default of payment, to a month's simple imprisonment. The ACB officials unearthed disproportionate assets worth over 40 lakh belonging to K. Meghanath, Assistant Engineer (tech), APSPDCL, Vuyyuru, in Krishna district, after conducting searches of his residence and of his relatives/friends at Vijayawada and Vuyyuru.

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