ACB Files Case For Embezzlement In FCS&CA, Carries Out Searches

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)

Srinagar: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case of embezzlement of food grain in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department.

ACB in a statement issued to GNS said, “A verification conducted by Anti Corruption Bureau revealed that Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department Kashmir has allotted additional 500 AAY Ration Tickets (RTs) to district Baramulla with effect from October 2017 vide order No. 261-DFCS&CAK of 2017 dated 10.07.2017 under revised NFSA target. The additional allotment of rice 5075 quintals (35 kgs / RT per month) continuously flowed from the Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Kashmir to district Baramulla for 29 months from the month of October 2017 to February 2020.”

The officials of FCS&CA department instead of identifying the additional 500 AAY beneficiaries, misappropriated quantity of additional allotment in league with their Tehsil Supply Officers (TSOs) and Storekeepers resulting in a loss of Rs. 1,00,75,155 to the State Exchequer, ACB said, adding that a case FIR No. 05/2020 has been registered in P/S ACB Baramulla u/s 5(1)(c), 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C Act Svt. 2006 and section 120-B,409 RPC.

After the registration of FIR, searches were carried out at various locations after obtaining a search warrant from court, ACB said adding that during the searches, “incriminating documents” related to the case were recovered.

Further investigation of the case is going on, ACB said. (GNS)