ACB Produces Charge-Sheet Against Ex-Exen R&B Kupwara Division, 5 Others for Buying Pipes at Exorbitant Rates

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Srinagar 15 July: Anti Corruption Bureau on Thursday produced a charge-sheet against Mohammad Shafi Bhat, the then Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara and five others for purchasing pipes on exorbitant rates.

A statement in this regard said that ACB produced a charge sheet before Anti Corruption Court Baramulla against Mohammad Shafi Bhat (then Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara); Abdul Gani Bhat (then Head Draftsman, R&B, Division Kupwara); Gh. Rasool Dar (then Storekeeper R&B Division Kupwara); Mohammad Shafi Qazi (then AAO R&B Division Kupwara); Lateef Ahmad Ganie (Proprietor Lateef & Co.) and Sajad Ahmad Rather (Proprietor S.I Traders).

Officials said that the investigation conducted by Vigilance Organisation (now Anti Corruption Bureau) in case FIR No.13/2011 has proved that accused Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara and his associate accused officials of R&B Division Kupwara have purchased Mild Steel Pipes and Galvanized Iron Pipes on highly exorbitant rates and thereby caused a loss of Rs. 4,61,000/- in the purchase of MS Pipes and Rs. 69,630/- in the purchase of GI Pipes to the State Exchequer.

The investigation has thus established the commission of offences u/s 5(2) J&K PC Act Svt 2006 r/w sections 467,468,471 RPC and 120-B RPC against accused public servants and private suppliers.

Government had accorded sanction for prosecution against the in-service public servants vide order No.43-GAD(Vig) of 2019 dated 26.07.2019. ACB produced chargesheet in court of law

As per the statement, the Hon’ble Court fixed 21.08.2021 as the next date of hearing in the case.

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