ACB registers 60 cases in 2019: Top babus, politicians under investigation for graft
22: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has
gone whole hog against corrupt politicians and government officials and
registered 60 cases under different anti-graft laws in 2019 across Jammu and
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the ACB has registered 29 cases in
Kashmir and 31 in Jammu in 2019 so far. Some of the cases have been registered
against top politicians and bureaucrats in the state.
registered against deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, J&K Bank
and government officials for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated
project cost for establishment of CA storage at Lassipora, Pulwama”.
has also registered a case against former chairman of the bank for allegedly
misusing his position. A case has also been registered against former Director
Archives and Archaeology Department for allegedly misusing his position by
ordering enhancement of consolidated wages without authorization.
A case has also
been registered against former directors of Rural Development Department Jammu
for allegedly misusing official position and causing loss to state exchequer.
The anti-graft body has also registered a case against former Managing Director
JAKFED for misuse of official position.
It has registered a case against a Naib Tehsildar in Srinagar for
allegedly misuse of official position.
body has registered a case against former senior town planner and former
commissioner municipal corporation Jammu.
They have been booked for alleged criminal misconduct, abuse and misuse
of their official position as public servants.
The ACB has also
booked Divisional Manager of State Forest Corporation (SFC) Udhampur in a graft
case. A case has also been registered against former Assistant Commissioner
Development, Rajouri on corruption charges.
Governor Administration set up ACB to combat corruption in Jammu and
Kashmir. Later The ACB was given more
teeth to take on highly influential people.
An official of
ACB said that there are complaints against several top government officials for
their involvement in corruption. “Some are still at an initial stage and action
would be taken in next few weeks,” he said
Pal Malik had said that “Anti-Corruption Bureau won’t spare anyone even those
who are part of big political parties.”
Chief Secretary B
V R Subrahmanyam had said the establishment of ACB would do away with the
shortcomings and multiplicity of roles in the existing anti-corruption
mechanism operational in the state.
“The ACB has been
empowered. It is as powerful as CBI. The government has strengthened the ACB so
it acts against powerful people,” he had said.