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8 MCD engineers get 3-year jail for graft

They approved inferior road signage to cause Rs 8 lakh loss to exchequer,says court; three contractors convicted.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2012 12:37:14 am

A Delhi court has sentenced eight MCD engineers to three years in jail for cheating the government of about

Rs 8 lakh in collusion with private contractors.

The court said the MCD engineers “conspired with accused contractors and gave false certificate stating that signboards installed by accused contractors Subhash Chand,Ajay Verma and Deepak Goel were as per specifications of NIT”.

Special CBI Judge P S Teji also awarded three-year jail terms to all three private contractors for conspiring with the MCD engineers to cause “a wrongful loss to the state exchequer”.

“By misusing their official positions,the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) engineers showed favour to the accused contractors. They have made an attempt to cheat the government exchequer,” the judge said.

The CBI had registered a case in February 2005,accusing the MCD engineers of fudging documents related to installation of road signs in the city.

The civic agency was supposed to install signboards on roads and streets in order to facilitate the smooth movement of pedestrians and vehicles.

These signboards were supposed to be of high reflectivity,for good visibility in low light conditions.

However,the agency had alleged that the MCD engineers entered into a criminal conspiracy with the private contractors to cheat the government and placed orders for signboards of inferior quality,with material that did not meet the reflectivity standards required.

Further,it said,by misusing their official position,the MCD engineers accepted those inferior signboards and passed the bill for payment to the contractors and hence caused wrongful loss to the civic agency.

The CBI had said the MCD officials and the contractors had cheated the government of about Rs 8 lakh.

Special CBI Judge Teji rejected the accused’s plea for leniency,observing that corruption by public servants had become a ‘gigantic’ problem which had affected all aspects of public activity.

“Corruption is corroding our country like cancerous lymph nodes,the vital veins of the body politics,social fabric of efficiency in the public service and demoralising honest officers. The efficiency in public service would improve only when the public servant devotes his sincere attention and does his duty diligently,truthfully,honestly and devotes himself assiduously to the performance of his duty to the post,” the judge said.

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