ACB produces chargesheet against former ZEO Qazigund, other official

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)

Srinagar: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday said that it produced a chargesheet against the former Zonal Education officer (ZEO) Qazigund) and former senior Assistant in ZEO office Qazigund in trap case.

“Charge sheet in a case under FIR number 3/2019 P/S ACB (South Kashmir), under section 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2), 4-A of the P.C, Act, Samvat, 2006 and Section 120-B RPC, titled state Versus Imtiyaz Ahmad (The then ZEO Qazigund) and Sulinder Singh (The then Sr. Assistant in ZEO Office Qazigund), was produced before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Anantnag,” spokesman of ACB said in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

ACB said that the instant case was registered by Police Station ACB (South Kashmir) on receipt of a written complaint submitted by one Ghulam Mohammad Wani, son of Abdul Gani Wani of Narupora, Kokernag, to the effect that he has executed two works namely Wanpora Kewa, boundary wall and BRC boundary wall at Qazigund, allotted to the complainant by Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) Qazigund.

“Both the works were completed by the complainant. Subsequently, bills were submitted to ZEO Qazigund. The amount of both the bills was not released in favour of the complainant as the ZEO concerned demanded Rs. 5000/- as bribe from him which was paid by the complainant to ZEO. After accepting the bribe amount, the amount of BRC boundary wall amounting to Rs. 73,600/- was released in favour of the complainant. As per the complaint, for the release of second payment, the ZEO again demanded Rs. 5000/- from the contractor and asked him to handover it to the clerk of ZEO office Qazigund, namely Sulinder Singh and assured to release the payment of second executed work Wanpora Kewa, only after the payment of bribe. Accordingly the complainant approached P/S ACB (South Kashmir) along with bribe money of Rs.5000/- for taking necessary action against the ZEO Qazigund, and Clerk. On the receipt of the said complaint a case FIR No. 03/2019 U/S 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2), 4-A of the P.C, Act, Samvat, 2006and Section 120-B RPC, was registered in P/S ACB South Kashmir,” the statement said.

It added that a trap team was constituted and the accused clerk was caught red handed while demanding and accepting the tainted money of Rs 5000 on behalf of the co-accused ZEO. “During the course of investigation it was found that the money due for release to the complainant was available in account of the ZEO. It was not released for the bribe to be paid through the clerk. Accordingly, the ZEO was also arrested,” the statement said.

After obtaining sanction from the government, a chargesheet was presented in Court while the case is next listed for 25-5-2021, the statement said—(KNO)