Srinagar: Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday arrested a junior engineer while allegedly demanding and accepting bribe in north KAhsmir’s Baramulla district.
“Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint wherein the complainant alleged that they received allotment of work titled construction of retaining wall and fencing around Dargah near Gani Masjid Karhama under ADP/PRI on estimated cost of 1.90 lakh,” ACB said in a statement. The work was completed and bills were to be prepared, it said. “Tassaduq Riyaz, Junior Engineer, Rural Development Department (REW), Block Harduabora, Tehsil Karhama, District Baramulla was demanding Rs. 5000 for preparing of bills of work done by the complainant,” the ACB said, adding, “Upon receiving the instant complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out.” Consequently, case FIR No. 08/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla and investigation taken up.
During the course of investigation, the ACB said, a trap team constituted. “The team laid a successful trap and caught red-handed Tassaduq Riyaz, Junior Engineer, Rural Development Department (REW), Block Harduabora, Tehsil Karhama, District Baramulla while demanding and accepting bribe amount of Rs. 5000 from the complainant,” the ACB said in a statement to GNS, adding, “He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.” Further investigation into the case is on, it added. (GNS)