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Indian-origin former civil servant in Singapore acquitted of charges

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Singapore, Oct 21 (UITV)- Indian-origin former civil servant Jeganathan Ramasamy, who was sentenced to 10 weeks jail last year for misappropriating two iPads in Singapore, has been acquitted by a court in Singapore today, citing “inconsistencies and gaps” in the evidence against him.

The 65-year-ols was director of the technology department at the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), had maintained that the two iPads handed to him by an IT vendor in 2011 were personal purchases, for which he had yet to make payment.

But the prosecution, which brought two charges against him for criminal breach of trust, contended that the two iPads were meant to be used for SCDF.

Each iPads was worth SGD 939, of which he gave one to his daughter and sold the other to SCDF’s then senior director of emergency services for SGD 200.

While acquitting Jeganathan, Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon said there were “inconsistencies and gaps” in the evidence of both the prosecution and the defence. He noted that the two iPads did not come loaded with any apps, contrary to the prosecution’s case that the devices were meant for testing purposes for SCDF.

He said “ample doubt” had been raised in the case against Jeganathan, making it unsafe for the conviction to stand.

Approched to comment after he was acquitted, Jeganathan told The Straits Times he was “thankful” that “justice prevailed”.