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SINGAPORE: A Housing and Development Board (HDB) officer was among two men charged on Wednesday (May 12) over unauthorised communication about flat inspections.

Kalayarasan Karuppaya was a higher estate executive with HDB during the time of the offences, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in a press release.

The 54-year-old Singaporean allegedly leaked information on HDB’s impending inspections of a flat at Kim Tian Road to Damandeep Singh, a registered tenant of the unit.

Kalayarasan was not authorised to communicate the information to Damandeep, said CPIB. He did so on three occasions in May, August and September 2019.

Damandeep, a 22-year-old Indian national, allegedly received the information while having reasonable grounds to believe that it was communicated to him in contravention of the Official Secrets Act, said CPIB.

Each man faces three charges for offences under the Official Secrets Act. If convicted, they could be jailed for up to two years and fined up to S$2,000 for each charge.

“Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and other criminal activities,” said the CPIB.

Kalayarasan has been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of the court case, said HDB in response to queries from CNA.

“We will assess the situation and take appropriate disciplinary action based on the outcome of the court proceedings,” said the board, adding that it takes a serious view of any unauthorised disclosure of information.

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