Court convicts 5 including former IAS officer, SC welfare fund fraud in Kerala and IT project fraud in Varkala


Thiruvananthapuram: A vigilante court here on Saturday convicted five defendants, including a former IAS officer, in the SC welfare fund scam case. Former SC Development Board Director KS Rajan, Finance Officer N Sreekumar and three others were found guilty by Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court.

District Development Officer Sathyadevan, Varkala Development Officer C Surendran and Sukumaran, owner of Poorna School of IT in Varkala are the other convicts in the case.
The court sentenced the five people to two years’ imprisonment and a sentence.

The incident related to the case took place in 2002-2003. Later, vigilance reserved the five people indicted for causing a financial loss of Rs 2,32,500 to the public treasury. The financial irregularities found in the computer training program for students belonging to the SC community. The central and state governments jointly sponsored the training program held at the Poorna Computer School in Varkala.

The authority had paid 75 percent of the cost of the project to the institute. But later it was revealed that the institute was operating illegally without government recognition. A total of 31 students attended the institute course.

Vigilance took up the case after the students filed a complaint. The court convicted the accused based on the indictment filed by the Vigilance Team.


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