Chennai: The Special Judge for CBI Cases, here has convicted K.Suresh, IAS., former Chairman of Chennai Port Trust and ex- Principal Secretary General Administration Department, Government if Madhya Pradesh, and sentenced him to undergo two years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.10000.
CBI had registered a case on the allegations that Suresh while working as Chairman, Chennai Port Trust in the year 2009 had obtained sponsorship for his son for admission to BE(Civil Engineering) to the value of Rs.12 lakh in Anna University from Vijayashanti Builders with whom he had official dealings, without any consideration.
Vijayashanti Builders were running two Weigh bridges in the premises of Chennai Port Trust during that period.
A charge sheet was filed against Suresh before the Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Chennai under Section 11 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The Trial Court found Suresh guilty and convicted him.
Suresh, a 1982 batch IAS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was holding the post of Principal Secretary GAD in Madhya Pradesh prior to his retirement last year. In this capacity he was the supervising authority for the State Economic Offences Wing, the state government’s principal investigating agency against corruption. This despite the fact that he was himself accused of corruption and the CBI was prosecuting him under the anti-corruotion law. It speaks volumes of State government’s much proclaimed commitment against corruption.
The Government of India had accorded sanction on March 26, 2012 to prosecute the accused officer, who went ahead and filed a discharge petition taking the plea that Madhya Pradesh governmenr’s sanction was necessary to prosecute him. When the CBI court dismissed his plea, Suresh went to the Madras High Court which upheld the CBI court order ruling that no prior sanction from the cadre State was required to prosecute an IAS officer under the Prevention of Corruption case .