Mangaluru, Dec. 4, 2022: The 3rd Additional District and Sessions Court on Saturday sentenced Assistant Director of Factories, Department of Factories and Boilers, H. Suresh, to four years of simple imprisonment and imposed him a fine of Rs.4 lakh on finding him guilty of possessing Rs.3.49 lakh illegally in 2016.
According to the chargesheet, G. Hanumanth Kamath, president of Nagarika Hitarakshna Samiti, Mangaluru, filed a complaint with the erstwhile Anti-Corruption Bureau accusing Suresh of misusing his power and demanding money for issuing licence for running factories. Mr. Kamath also accused Suresh of demanding bribe for issuing no-objection certificate for issuing other licences.
The ACB sleuths raided Suresh’s office in Kottara in the city on November 30, 2016, and recovered Rs.1.12 lakh. Then they raided Suresh’s house and recovered Rs.2.36 lakh. Police Inspector Yogish Kumar investigated the case and filed the chargesheet on August 3, 2017, arraigning Suresh of offences punishable under Sections 7, 13(1)(D) and 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
Judge B.B. Jakati on Saturday sentenced Suresh to four years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs.4 lakh for the offences punishable under Sections 13(1)(D) and 13 (2) of the PC Act. If Suresh fails to pay the fine, he has to undergo further imprisonment of six months, the Judge said.
Special Public Prosecutor Ravindra Munippady represented ACB before the court. The convicted officer is presently working in Mysuru.