Compulsory retirement for tainted engineer

Addressing a press meet here on Friday, the president of Vikas Parishat, Ravindra Jaldar said the Chief Engineer of Communications and Buildings, Bangalore has issued the order of retirement on Thursday.

S Niranjan was serving as junior engineer with Panchayat Raj Engineering Department at Devadurga in 2002. He was accused of “misusing” 330.50 quintals of rice worth Rs 2.03 lakh, amongst other charges. A departmental inquiry was conducted and the Lokayukta had submitted a report, Ravindra said.

Lokayukta probe

The government, acting on the Lokayukta report and considering the gravity of dereliction of duty, has compulsorily retired the engineer under the provisions of Karntaka Civil Service Rules. It has also directed to recover a sum of Rs 2.03 lakh with 8 per cent interest from the engineer.

Claiming that he was in possession of a copy of the order, Ravindra said the Zilla Panchayat CEO would be urged to act against the engineer at the earliest.

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