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9 months in jail for corruption

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RECEIVING bribes for issuing purchase orders has landed a former FEA storeman in jail for nine months.

Bimal Rajan admitted to two counts of receiving a corrupt benefit.

He was given a total sentence of 21 months, nine to be served in prison while the remaining 12 months has been suspended.

He admitted that on August 5, 2011, he purchased steel band straps to the total value of $4974.20 from Import House Limited in Lautoka, a supplier of FEA.

Rajan admitted contacting the company director, Ajeeth Shankar, and demanded commission from him for the purchase and $600 was given to Rajan.

For the second count, Rajan was paid a Christmas commission.

The court said Rajan's action was a breach of trust as an FEA employee.

Magistrate Sufia Hamza noted that Rajan failed to exercise a high level of professionalism, integrity and transparency when dealing with FEA suppliers pursuant to the FEA code of conduct for its employees.

"In addition, there is faith and confidence placed by the public in government institutions which provide essential services to the country.

"With Rajan's actions, there is a potential risk of the public losing trust in government institutions," she said.

"Furthermore, the fair and transparent business dealings between FEA and the private business sector had been compromised through his actions."

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