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Ex-Cisco officer charged with corruption

A former Certis Cisco officer was charged on Friday with corruptly obtaining a gratification of S$10 in return for a favour.

SINGAPORE: For allegedly taking a S$10 bribe, a former Certis Cisco officer could end up S$100,000 poorer.

That is the maximum fine Kalaiarasan Muniandy is facing after being charged in court on Friday with corruptly obtaining a gratification of S$10 in return for a favour.

The 22-year-old Malaysian security officer said he intends to plead guilty.

On January 19, Kalaiarasan was carrying out his duties at Paya Lebar MRT station when he spotted Hasna, a domestic helper, drinking water.

The accused allegedly told her that she would be issued with a summons of S$300 for doing so and took down her particulars.

When the helper told him she was unable to pay the fine as she only had S$10 with her, the officer allegedly took the money and told her to leave.

When the helper's employer found out about the incident, she lodged a police report and the case was referred to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Kalaiarasan, who had been with Certis Cisco for only six months prior to the incident, has since been suspended.

He could be fined up to S$100,000, jailed for up to five years, or both upon conviction.

He will be back in court on May 16. 

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