ACB arrests JMC Corporator, her husband for accepting bribe

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Srinagar, Jun 17: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday said that it trapped and arrested Corporator, of Ward No.53 of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and her husband while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 for issuance of Mulba Clearance certificate.

As per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), ACB received a complaint in writing wherein the complainant stated that he is a contractor by profession and have been allotted contract work for upgradation of the open area along the main road near Mastermind Classes by Pre-cast of paver tiles and upgradation of open area along main road near easy day at Ward No. 53Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.

“The complainant further stated that he has completed construction of allotted work and final payment of the same is pending with JMC Division IV. For making final payment there is a requirement of mulba clearance certificate from the concerned Corporator, for which complainant approached the Corporator of Ward No. 53 namely Jyoti Devi who demanded an amount of Rs. 10,000/- as bribe for issuance of mulba clearance certificate of the works done by him and she asked the complainant to contact her husband for payment of bribe money. He further stated that he did not want to pay the bribe and requested for taking necessary action against them,” the statement said.

“Upon receiving the complaint, allegations of the complaint were verified. Consequently a case FIR number 10/2022 P/S ACB-J U/s 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and 120-B IPC was registered at PS ACB-Jammu. A trap team was constituted whereupon the accused Sham Lal was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs. 10,000/- on behalf of his wife Jyoti Devi Corporator of Ward No. 53 from the complainant. Both the accused persons were taken into custody on the spot. Searches at the residential house of the accused persons were also conducted,” the statement said, adding that further investigation in the case is going on—(KNO)