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3 held guilty in horticulture board scam
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - A CBI court has convicted three persons, including the then assistant director of National Horticulture Board, Guwahati and the then branch manager of Manipur Rural Bank, for fraudulently releasing subsidy money of Rs 37 lakh to “beneficiaries” for cultivation of horticulture crops.

The CBI had received source information that during the year 2005, NK Chaurasia, Assistant Director, National Horticulture Board (NHB), Guwahati entered into a criminal conspiracy with Chanam Basanta Kumar Singh, the then Branch Manager, Manipur Rural Bank, Imphal and Haobijan Shamu Meitei, proprietor of M/s Shamu Offset Printing Press, Imphal for the fraud.

Chaurasia, by abusing his official position, fraudulently released the subsidy cheques in respect of 25 beneficiaries for cultivation of horticulture crops under the scheme of ‘Development of Commercial Horticulture through Production and Post Harvest Management’ for total amounting to Rs 37,10,350 on the basis of fake sanction letters of term loan, including inspection reports.

The three accused were tried under sections 120B/420/409/468/471 IPC and under section 13(2) read with section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act, 1988. The judgement was delivered by CBI Special Judge S Bora.

Convicted NK Chaurasia and Chanam Basanta Kumar Singh were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Shamu Meitei was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years along with a fine.

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