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Two years’ RI for three NRL men

Guwahati, July 26: Five persons, including three officials of Numaligarh Refinery Limited, have been sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 for misappropriating government funds worth Rs 36 lakh by submitting inflated bills.

An official source today said the special CBI court here announced the judgment yesterday.

The accused individuals are NRL manager Nagendra Kalita, clerk-cum-typist Amol Kumar Bordoloi, messenger Dipak Deka and two others — Shamsuddin Ahmed and Kanak Das.

Ahmed was the managing director of NEB Communication Services Private Limited while Das was the manager.

The CBI had filed the chargesheet in this case on June 28, 2002, under Sections 120B, 420, 468, 471 IPC and Section 13(2) read with Section 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Last Saturday in another case, the special CBI court sentenced three ONGC employees to one year rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs 20,000 each for misappropriating Rs 1.38 crore, the source said.

The accused in this case were senior finance and accounts officers of ONGC — Suraj Kamal Dutta and Prabin Kumar Hazarika and account assistant Bijoy Kumar Kahar. Another person, Mainuddin Ahmed alias Babul Borah, was also sentenced to two years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 20,000.

The prosecution claimed that the accused persons had hatched a criminal conspiracy and defrauded ONGC of Rs 1,38,44,360 by preparing and passing fake and forged bills in respect to bogus civil works purported to have been done in various drilling sites in 1995-96.