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Ex-babus get CMs graft rap

Ranchi, May 4: Chief minister Hemant Soren today approved tough punitive action against three senior retired government officials for their alleged acts of omission and commission while being in service.

Former managing director of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Bhagwan Prasad has been found guilty of flouting norms in regularising services of 156 daily wage workers. Prasad will be denied 5 per cent of his total pension payable for the next 10 years.

The chief minister also approved prosecution sanction against retired assistant engineer of rural development department Shyam Nath Dubey for allegedly swindling funds allocated under the MGNREGS.

During his posting in Latehar district, Dubey allegedly facilitated release of excess funds in connivance with contractors.

Prosecution sanction was also approved against retired executive engineer of water resources department Awadhesh Prasad. He allegedly facilitated excess payment to the tune of Rs 12.06 lakh to contractors. An FIR had been registered against him at Rajnagar police station in Seraikela-Kharsawan district way back in June 2000.