Former officer of India Tourism sentenced to 3 yrs rigorous imprisonment, Rs 3 lakh fine

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Kochi: Former information officer at the Kochi office of central tourism ministry’s India Tourism, KS Sabu, has been sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 3 lakh. The sentence was awarded by the CBI court for accepting bribes to issue reports to help hotels get three-star status.

Sabu is the second accused in the case. The first accused in the case, former India Tourism assistant director Velmurukan, was acquitted.

Other accused in the case, NK Nagesh, managing partner of Hotel Vintage Residency in Kannur and James Joseph, the managing partner of Lyndas Residency, were sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 55,000 on Corniche Hospitality Private Limited in Malappuram, Pearlview Regency in Thalassery and KK Leisures and Tourism International Private Limited in Kannur.

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