Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei, newly appointed deputy chairman of State Planning Board of Manipur Credit: Facebook

Imphal: BJP MLA of Keirao Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei, who was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged fraud case related to the Manipur University (MU), has been appointed as the deputy chairman of State Planning Board with immediate effect.

In an appointment order signed by the chief secretary Rajesh Kumar, it stated that the deputy chairman of the State Planning Board, Manipur shall be paid such salary, conveyance allowances, travelling and daily allowances and shall be entitled to such amenities regarding residence, motor car as are provided for a Cabinet Minister, Manipur under the Salaries and Allowances of the Ministers (Manipur) Act, 1972 as amended from time to time and rules made thereunder.

Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Manipur shall not be entitled to receive any sum out of funds provided by the Assembly by way of salary and allowances to members thereof, it said.

In a chargesheet filed and submitted before the Special Judge under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the Central probe agency, MLA Rameshwor and four others were named in connection with the International Guest House scandal at Manipur University.

Appointment order issued by chief secretary Rajesh Kumar

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As per reports, MLA Rameshwor in collusion with its manager Kshetrimayum Joykumar Singh, and three varsity employees – K Jibankumar Singh, K Basanta Singh and N Tejebndro Singh – entered into a criminal conspiracy with each other and cheated MU during 2012-2016.

The reports also stated that the three varsity officials abused their positions as public servants and unethically showed due favour to the then contractor and now MLA Rameshwor in awarding the work for supply of furniture items for the International Guest House at Manipur University despite many irregularities in the process of tender.

The CBI chargesheet also pointed out that the accused had falsely shown receipt of the furniture items in full quantities in the stock register on October 7, 2014, and the entire bill amount was falsely claimed by M/S Lourembam Enterprise which is owned by the BJP MLA.

The accused have been asked to appear before the court of the special judge (Prevention of Corruption Act) at Imphal West district on October 12 in regards to the case.

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