Funds misappropriation: ACB registers case against EO MC, Shopian

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Srinagar, Mar 13): Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered a case against the Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Shopian, and others for misappropriation of funds.

In a statement, Anti-Corruption Bureau said they have registered a case of Criminal misappropriation against Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Shopian, Ghulam Rasool Mir, Khilafwarzi Officer, Naseer Ahmad Indrabi, Head Assistant, Showkat Hussain Teli, Works Supervisor, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Driver and others under sections 5(1)(c)(d) r/w 5(2) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 and section 120-B RPC on the outcome of a verification.

During verification, it surfaced that the Municipal Committee Shopian had purchased one Ashoka Leyland BS-IV Tipper from GeM Portal in the year 2018 against which they had issued fuel of 11,051 liters from January 2018 to 31st March 2020 by inflating the figures of fuel consumption, the statement said.

“The Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Shopian constituted a committee which had fixed fuel consumption of 11 liters per hour against the said Tipper, whereas, the same during verification was computed only 3 liters per hour as per the opinion of Mechanical Engineering Department. Thus, 8 liters of fuel per hour as such was usurped by the people at the helm of the Committee by misuse and abuse of their official position which aggregated to 11,051 liters, the statement said.

Besides, against an already grounded Tipper, the committee had also illegally issued fuel measuring 3566 liters from February 2018 to March 2020 causing misappropriation of funds amounting to several lakhs,” the statement said. After registration of a case searches by law were conducted at the residential houses of the accused situated at Bemina Srinagar, Frestbal Pampore, Puchal Pulwma, Batpora Shopian, and Hargam Shopian.