A superb of 10 lakh was additionally imposed on Vaikundarajan’s firm, VV Minerals, for attempting to fraudulently get approval for the phrases of reference, that are thought of in-principle approval for a challenge.

A particular CBI court docket in Delhi on Tuesday sentenced a sand mining baron from Tamil Nadu, S Vaikundarajan, to 3 years in jail and a superb of 5 lakh for bribing an surroundings ministry scientist to get approval for a particular financial zone (SEZ) in Tamil Nadu in 2016. Neeraj Khatri, a scientist coping with recordsdata associated to phrases of reference for environmental approvals within the ministry, was sentenced to 5 years in jail and superb of Four lakh for accepting a bribe of as much as 7 lakh, the court docket order mentioned.

An affiliate of Vaikundarajan, 65, Subbalakshmi, was additionally convicted for arranging the deal between Khatri and the businessman. A superb of 10 lakh was additionally imposed on Vaikundarajan’s firm, VV Minerals, for attempting to fraudulently get approval for the phrases of reference, that are thought of in-principle approval for a challenge. The three have been convicted on Monday and their sentences have been pronounced on Tuesday. VV Minerals, the nation’s greatest sand mining firm, had utilized for environmental clearance for an SEZ in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 2012.

In its charge-sheet, the CBI mentioned it discovered that Khatri, then a deputy director (Scientist-C) within the surroundings ministry, had accepted a requirement draft of 4.13 lakh dated July 3, 2013 in favour of VIT University (Vellore) to get his son admitted in a B.Tech course there. The cash was given on the behest of Vaikundarajan, the CBI mentioned. The CBI additionally mentioned the air tickets for Khatri and his son from Delhi to Chennai and again have been purchased by Subbalakshmi

In return, Khatri took cost of the file although it ought to have been thought of by one other division within the surroundings ministry.

“The matter of environment clearance is a sensitive subject matter…the purpose is to save and protect the environment in order to protect public health…the accused, by indulging in an act of receiving payment (by way of demand draft for admission of his son), allowed this very purpose to be compromised,” CBI particular choose Nirja Bhatia mentioned in her order on Tuesday.

On Vaikundarajan, the court docket mentioned,“He indulged in all sorts of manipulations, which he made in his records including personal records and that of the company of which he is the managing partner and as well outside by showing disregard in handing over the application directly to Neeraj Khatri, by his side-stepping the established procedure,” the court docket mentioned.

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