S. Vaikundarajan sent ot jail by CBI
CBI courtroom on Monday sentenced S. Vaikundarajan, managing companion of V.V. Minerals, to a few years in jail. The courtroom additionally sentenced one Subbulakshmi to a three-year jail time period and the then Deputy Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Neeraj Khatri, to 5 years in jail in a corruption case. It imposed a positive of ₹5 lakh every on Vaikundarajan and Khatri, and ₹2 lakh on Subbulakshmi. The firm was fined ₹10 lakh. The three have been convicted, together with the corporate, on February 1, following a trial. The case was registered by the CBI on March 1, 2016. The company had alleged that Khatri, because the then Deputy Director (Scientist-C) within the Ministry of Environment and Forests, accepted ₹4.13 lakh via a financial institution draft, dated July 3, 2012, in favour of VIT University (Vellore) on the occasion of Vaikundarajan. His son, Sidharth, had been admitted to a B. Tech. (mechanical engineering) course of the college, for which the quantity was deposited. lieu of the bribe, the CBI alleged, Khatri prolonged favour with respect to a letter submitted by V.V. Minerals’ managing companion on October 15, 2012, to the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, together with a kind and a pre-feasibility report, for searching for ‘terms of reference’ for environmental clearance. It pertained to a products-specific (mineral-based) SEZ undertaking over an space of 166.665 hectare at Thiruvambalapuram in Tirunelveli.
The utility was submitted within the Ministry’s central registry and marked to the Impact Assessment (IA)-III division. An acknowledgement receipt was given. A replica of the receipt was submitted by the corporate to the IA-II division, the place Khatri was posted. The CBI alleged that the applying ought to have been dealt with by the IA-III division. Khatri endorsed the acknowledgement copy with a be aware: “to be considered in next EAC [Expert Appraisal Committee] meeting (November) urgent”, and marked it to the Section Officer. The company stated enclosures to the letter have been incomplete as they didn’t have Vaikundarajan’s signature in any respect the required locations, whereas these accompanying the letter to the central registry had his signatures.
The CBI stated the air tickets for Khatri and his son — from Delhi to Chennai and his return ticket from Chennai to Delhi — have been purchased by Subbulakshmi. As it turned out, the corporate was accorded Coastal Regulation Zone clearance for operations in Tirunelveli throughout 2005-06. Subbulakshmi was employed as a liaison officer on a contract foundation from 2011 to early 2013 to take care of the corporate’s work comparable to acquiring environmental clearances from authorities companies located exterior Tamil Nadu.
In May 2012, the Industries (MIE2) Department of the Secretariat in Chennai, on the corporate’s utility, beneficial to the Commerce Ministry the grant of “formal approval” for the institution of the SEZ. A replica of the advice letter was acquired by V.V. Minerals, following which it knew that it needed to method the Ministry of Environment and Forests for environmental clearance. The firm’s proposal was accredited by the Commerce Ministry on July 6, 2012. The CBI had additionally submitted within the courtroom that Khatri had earlier been caught whereas accepting and demanding ₹7 lakh in bribe, which was investigated in one other case registered on January 16, 2013.
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