Misappropriation of transport subsidy case: ACB produces chargesheet against GMs of DIC Kupwara, others

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Srinagar, Apr 28: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday produced a chargesheet against General Managers of DIC Kupwara and others in misappropriation of transport subsidy case in Anti Corruption Court Baramulla.

As per a statement issued to the news agency, Anti Corruption Bureau produced chargesheet in a case under FIR number 07/2008 PS VOK (now ACB) under investigation with PS ACB Central, J&K, Jammu against accused public servants namely Abdul Hamid Bhat the then GM DIC Kupwara, Fayaz Ahmed Shafie, the then GM DIC Kupwara, Mohd. Ashraf Janwari the then GM DIC Kupwara, Masood Karim the then Manager Development DIC Kupwara, Abdul Gani Kirmani IPO DIC Kupwara, Abdul Ahad Khan (expired) IPO DIC Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi Mir the then Block Investigator DIC Kupwara, Zahoor Ahmad Shah the then Manager Accounts J&K Bank Barzulla Branch Srinagar & (9) Aijaz Ahmad Kitab the then Manager Accounts J&K Bank Solina Branch Srinagar, Feroz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Karim Lone (expired), Mohd. Maqbool Unit Holders and private person Abdul Quyoom Lone (expired) in the Court of Special Judge Anti Corruption, Baramulla.

“The instant case was registered on the outcome of the verification conducted by the then Vigilance Organization Kashmir into the allegations pertaining to misappropriation of transport subsidy by the officials of District Industrial Centre Kupwara in league with the SSI unit holders. Pursuant to the conspiracy that was hatched the DIC officials had issued factually incorrect verification/consumption certificates etc to facilitate the fraudulent withdrawal of transport subsidy by the unit holders amounting to lakhs of rupees.”

“The investigation conducted by the Anti Corruption Bureau has revealed that the DIC officials of Kupwara had processed the transport subsidy claims of the unit holders in 1996-97 based upon the fake documents submitted by them and had then put up the same through an Agenda Note to the Directorate of Industries and Commerce before the State Level Committee for sanction of the claims. However, investigation has revealed that no proper verification has been carried out regarding the veracity of the Subsidy claims of the unit holders by the then officials of DIC Kupwara while processing the claims.”

“On the strength of facts and circumstances together with cogent evidence brought on record, the investigation has established commission of offence u/s 5(1)(c) and 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) of the JK PC Act Svt. 2006 and u/s 120- B r/w 468 and 471 RPC as proved against the above said accused public servants, the charge sheet of the case was produced before the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge Anti-corruption Court, Baramulla on 27.04.2022 for Judicial determination,” ACB said, adding that the next date of hearing has been fixed on 20.06.2022—(KNO)