Senior official convicted for criminal conspiracy
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 19:17
Chennai: A CBI special court has convicted a senior official of National Institute of Epidemiology here on charges of criminal conspiracy.

In 2007, the CBI registered a case against J P Verma, senior administrative officer at National Institute of Epidemiology here and S Kumaran, former sales executive of a private firm alleging they entered into a criminal conspiracy in purchasing goods for the government and caused a wrongful loss of Rs 1.70 lakhs, a CBI release said.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems.

The duo had bought eight computers and two CD writers at exorbitant rates and thus made a wrongful loss to the government, it said.

During investigation, Kumaran admitted his guilt and made a confession statement under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and was taken as an approver.

On November 21, on the basis of a report submitted by the central investigating agency, Principal Special Judge for CBI Cases Yousuf Ali convicted Verma under sections 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and section 7 and sections 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment and a total fine of Rs 15,000.


First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 19:17

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