Manipur: CBI Submits charge sheets against MLA Rameshwor

Imphal, September 21-2020: Central Bureau of Investigation (Anti Corruption Bureau) Imphal today submitted charge sheet against ruling BJP MLA of Keirao Assembly Constituency Lourembam Rameshwor and 4 others before the Court of Special Judge Prevention of Corruption Act, Imphal West in connection with supply of furniture items of International Guest house works taken up inside Manipur University during 2012 and 2016 .

The Court issued notice to all the accused including the Keirao MLA to appear before the Court on October 12 in connection with the case.

The charge sheet was filed before the Court of Special Judge (PC Act) Imphal West today afternoon against Keirao BJP MLA Lourembam Rameshwor, the then proprietor of Lourembam Enterprises; Kshetrimayum Basanta; K Jibankumar, the then Finance Officer of Manipur University; Nongmeikakpam Tejendro, the then store In-Charge of Manipur University and Kshetrimayum Rustumkumar under section 120B/ 420/468/471/477A IPC and section 13(2) r/w 13(1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 .

As per the charge sheet, CBI (ACB) Imphal, during the investigation of the case could establish that the accused Ksh Basanta, K Jibankumar and N Tejendro entered a criminal conspiracy with each other and also with the then proprietor of M/s Lourembam Enterprises and present Keirao AC MLA and manager of the Lourembam Enterprises, Ksh Rustum to cheat Manipur University during the period from 2012 to 2016 .

It is alleged that the accused abused their official power/position as public servants and fraudulently had shown undue favour to then contractor and present Keirao AC MLA L Rameshwor in awarding the work for supply of various furniture items for International Guest House, Manipur University despite many defect/irregularities in the tender process and in furtherance of their criminal conspiracy.

It was also mentioned that the accused had falsely shown receipt of the furniture items in fill quantities in 2014 October.

It is also alleged that the entire bill amount falsely claimed by M/S Lourembam Enterprises has been paid despite knowing the fact regarding the non supply/short supply of many furniture items, which they allegedly covered up as being burnt in the fire purportedly in October 2016 at the recreation hall of Manipur University thereby causing huge wrongful loss to Manipur University to the tune of Rs 74 lakh and corresponding gain to themselves to the extent.

CBI ACB Imphal in the charge sheet also prayed the Special Judge (PC Act), Imphal West to take up cognizance against the accused persons and to issue notice to all against whom the charge sheet has been submitted.

The Special Court (PC Act), Imphal West registered it as Special Trial Case 3 of 2020 and fixed October 12 for appearance of the accused and hearing of the submitted charge sheet.