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DoT’s Rai & Chikhaiyar and Nalanda Telecom’s Ahmad convicted by CBI

A Special Court in Patna has sentenced former GM (Telecom) BB Rai, former Telecom Divisional Engineer Rampati Chikhaiyar, and Nalanda Telecom Service proprietor Perwez Ahmad to five years rigorous imprisonment for corruption in a 27-year-old contract for repair of faulty EPBT cards, officials said Wednesday.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 6 lakh each on Rai and Chikhaiyar, and Rs 16 lakh on Ahmad, they said.

The CBI had taken over the probe in the case on January 29, 1996, to investigate the allegations that Rai, while working as Director (Officiating) in the Department of Telecommunication, Telecom South, Gaya had awarded a contract for repair of faulty EPBT Cards to Nalanda Telecom Service, without going through the laid down formalities.

“After investigation, a chargesheet was filed on March 26, 2002, against five accused in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Patna including those three who have been convicted/sentenced now. PTI

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