A Special Court constituted for trial of the corruption cases in implementation of the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) on 16 January 2013 awarded one year sentence along with 40000 rupees as penalty to the assistants of the field. This was first ever event in India where judgment related to the corruption charges in MGNREGS was delivered by a Special Court.
The sentence awarded also carries a term that failure in payment of the penalty imposed would lead the accused to jail for another eight months.
The State Government of Andhra Pradesh in January 2012 constituted a Special Mobile Court for carrying on the trials of the cases of the MGNREGS in Karimnagar and Medak districts of the state.
The public prosecutor of the mobile court G. Venkata Ramulu filed a case against a field assistant B. Praveen Goud, in Karnalpally village of Chegunta mandal for misuse of the funds. Based on the complaints the Judge of the special court, K. Venkateswara Rao delivered his judgment after Praveen’s involvement in the corruption charges was proved.