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Mizoram PWD JE gets 4 years jail in graft case

Aizawl: Special Court (Prevention of Corruption Act) on Tuesday sentenced C Lalfakawma, presently working as Junior Engineer (JE) of the Public Works Department’s Western Circle, to four years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh.

The Special Judge H T C Lalrinchhana on Monday has convicted Lalfakawma under section 409 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under section 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (a) of (Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

In his order, the judge said that he sentenced the convicted person under section 409 of IPC to undergo 2 years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1 lakhs, in default, another imprisonment of 6 months.

He also sentenced the convict under section 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (a) of PC Act, 1988 to undergo 4 years imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 1 lakh, in default, another imprisonment of 6 months.

“Being no previous criminal records and breadwinner in a family, both the sentences except fine shall run concurrently. Period of detention of the offender in judicial custody which he had already undergone (if any) shall be set off as enjoined by section 428 of Cr PC,” the judge ruled.

The convicted person was remanded to judicial custody and sent to the Aizawl Central Jail after pronouncement of the quantum of punishment.

Criminal cases against Lalfakawma was initiated on May 20,2020 when H. Thanga Zate, Deputy Secretary, PWD, Govt. of Mizoram submitted a complaint to the Chairperson, Mizoram Lokayukta to investigate the alleged illegal money taken by accused C. Lalfakawma, JE, PWD from contractors, while he was posted at Khawzawl sub-division. 

As instructed by the Lokayukta, the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered criminal cases and began investigations into the allegations that the accused took Rs 17 lakh from Lalroenga, a contractor constructing a PMGSY road between Rabung and Aiduzawl and maintenance for five years and Rs 3 lakh from Lalroenga’s sub-contractor Vanhmingthanga during 2018.

Though the contractor and sub-contractor were declared as hostile prosecution witnesses by the prosecutors, the contractor admitted that he deposited Rs 17 lakh in the State Bank of India account of the accused as a loan.

The accused, during court hearings, said that he made repayment of Rs 17 lakh to the accused after a criminal case was initiated against him. 

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