Srinagar, May 13: Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday said to have trapped and arrested President Municipal Committee, Awantipora for demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 1000 for processing the bills.
As per a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), ACB received a complaint alleging therein that Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal Committee, Awantipora is demanding Rs 1000 for processing the bills of the complainant.
“The complainant mentioned in his complaint that the accused used to demand commission @5% for processing of the bills,” the statement said, adding that the complainants alleged that he is an owner of IT firm. “He was allotted a tender year back. The accused was demanding 5% of the total bill (Rs 20,650) for the renewal of the existing contract for the year 2022.”
Since the contents of the complaint disclose demand of bribe by alleged accused Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal committee, Awantipora. Consequently, case FIR No. 09/2022 was registered in P/S ACB Anantnag and investigation taken-up, the statement said.
“During the course of investigation, a trap team was constituted. The team caught red handed Bilal Ahmed Bhat, President Municipal committee, Awantipora for demanding and accepting Rs 1000 i.e, 5% of Rs 20,650 for processing the bills of the complainant. He was arrested on the spot by the ACB team, the bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses,” the statement said, adding that further investigations are going on—(KNO)