UT ex-chief engineer acquitted in graft case

Fourteen years after he was charged with corruption,the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal on Friday acquitted KK Jerath,ex-chief engineer,UT.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 5, 2013 1:01 am

Fourteen years after he was charged with corruption,the court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal on Friday acquitted KK Jerath,ex-chief engineer,UT and seven others in a corruption case. Jerath was accused of irregularities in allotting the contract for the supply of cable wires.

A case was registered under Section 409 of the IPC and Section 13 and 15 of the Prevention Of Corruption Act,1988. In march 2012,Jerath was acquitted in another case where he was accused of using government vehicles and staff for his personal use. He was acquitted by Additional District and Sessions Judge Preeti Sahni. He was accused of causing the exchequer a loss of Rs 26.84 lakh (as salaries of the employees) and Rs 8.81 lakh as petrol cost.

“As told by my client he was falsely implicated by the contractor on behest of then UT Home Secretary,Anuradha Gupta. He was earlier acquitted by the court in another case where he was accused of misusing government vehicles and staff,” said Terminder Singh,KK Jerath’s counsel.

Jerath was booked by the vigilance wing of the UT Police in other six cases. Out of which he stands acquitted in two cases now. However,he is still facing trial in four corruption cases. The vigilance wing registered an FIR in the case on March 16,1999 and all the accused were suspended.

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