A Particular CBI court docket on Monday sentenced S Vaikundarajan, managing accomplice of Chennai-based VV Minerals, to 3 years imprisonment, one Subbulakshmi to 3 years and the then Deputy Director with the Ministry of Atmosphere and Forests (MoEF), Neeraj Khatri, to 5 years’ imprisonment in a corruption case.
The court docket additionally imposed a superb of ₹5 lakh on Vaikundarajan, ₹2 lakh on Subbulakshmi and ₹5 lakh on Khatri. The corporate has been fined ₹10 lakh. The three had been convicted together with the corporate on February 1, within the case that was registered by the CBI on March 1, 2016.
The company had accused that Khatri, because the then Deputy Director (Scientist-C) within the MoEF, accepted ₹4.13 lakh by way of a financial institution draft dated July 3, 2012, in favour of VIT College (Vellore) on the occasion of Vaikundarajan. His son, Sidharth, had taken admission in a BTech (mechanical engineering) course of the college, for which the quantity was deposited.
Phrases of Reference
In lieu of the bribe, the CBI alleged, Khatri prolonged favour with respect to a letter submitted by VV Minerals’ managing accomplice on October 15, 2012, to the Secretary, MoEF, together with a kind and a pre-feasibility report for in search of “Phrases of Reference” for environmental clearance. It pertained to a merchandise particular (mineral-based) 166-hectare SEZ undertaking within the Thiruvambalapuram village of Tirunelveli.
The applying was submitted within the Ministry’s central registry and marked to Affect Evaluation (IA)-III division, for which an acknowledgement was given. A replica of the acknowledgement was submitted by the corporate to IA-II part, 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 thought of in subsequent EAC (Knowledgeable Appraisal Committee) assembly (November) pressing” and marked the identical to the Part Officer. The company stated enclosures to the letter had been incomplete as they didn’t have Vaikundarajan’s signatures in any respect the required locations, whereas these accompanying the letter to the central registry had his signatures.
Because it turned out, the corporate was accorded Coastal Regulation Zone clearance for operations in Tirunelveli in 2005-06. Subbulakshmi was employed as a liaison officer for acquiring environmental clearances from authorities businesses located outdoors Tamil Nadu. In Might 2012, the Industries (MIE2) Division of the Secretariat in Chennai, on the corporate’s software, beneficial to the Commerce Ministry, for the grant of “formal approval” for the establishing of SEZ.