DMK official, government officials booked for scam Rs 48 lakh | Coimbatore News

COIMBATORE: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Directorate (DAVC) has registered an FIR against a couple, an official of DMK, two former engineers and a former executive of the panchayat of the city of Kannampalayam for fraud of Rs 48 lakh of the panchayat fund in 2015-2016.
The FIR was registered on November 17 against former deputy engineer M Menaka, 43, former senior executive KR Renuka, 49, former deputy senior engineer K Mahendran, 54, DMK civil servant and former chairman of the panchayat from Kannampalayam town Mr. Thalapathy Murugesan, 56, K Parthiban, 56, and his wife P Bhuvaneshwari, 49, both entrepreneurs from Kannampalayam near Sulur.
They were registered under Articles 120 (B) (criminal association), 109 (punishment of complicity if the act encouraged is committed as a result and when no express provision is made for its punishment), 167 (civil servant framing an incorrect document with intent to cause harm), 409 (criminal breach of trust by an official, or by a banker, merchant or agent), 420 (deception and dishonest incitement to deliver goods) of the Code Indian Criminal Code and Articles 13 (2), 13 (1) (c) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.
Renuka, two engineers and Murugesan hatched a plot and issued a call for tenders for pipeline extension work in the panchayat. They listed Parthiban and Bhuvaneshwari as registered contractors although the couple were not eligible to bid on the tender.
An estimate of Rs 94.5 lakh has been prepared for the pipeline extension works.
As the president of the panchayat has the power to sanction only Rs 4 lakh of works, the works of extension of the pipeline were divided into 27. The details of the call for tenders were published in a vernacular newspaper and the couple was selected as the successful bidder.
A DVAC official said Parhiban claimed Rs 48,10,265 after completing 27 works by laying substandard PVC pipes. However, work was not carried out in the Kannampalayam panchayat, the official said. The amount was swindled from the panchayat fund.

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